Burma Times Correspondent: April 21, 2015
The inflow of Rohingya refugees into Bangladesh has increased dramatically as many are afraid to avail medical treatment in their home country.
According to our sources and the testimonies of many crossing over to Bangladesh, they don’t go to hospitals in Arakan state even when the patients are in a critical condition.
Pregnant women only give birth when normal deliveries are possible. When surgical procedures are required, many die giving birth rather than go to the hospital.
In recent times, Rakhine doctors and nurses have killed many pregnant women and their children.
“If I gave birth in a hospital, it was almost certain that I would die. But here I still have a chance,” says a pregnant women who survived a complicated birth.
Accident patients have also been killed by medical staff.
There are also many children who died from diarrhoea that died without medical treatment.
Under such circumstances, many serious patients choose to make a difficult journey to Bangladesh.
Bangladesh Border Guards however turn back those who are caught in the border.
A recent arrival from Hawar Bil in Maungdaw North, Zahidul Hossain told Burma Times that her mother made the journey to Bangladesh despite serious stomach pains. On the way, they had to dodge both Burmese and Bangladeshi patrols.
Despite the serious illness, he said that there was no choice for his mother but to cross into Bangladesh as going to a local hospital means almost certain death.