Burma Times Correspondent: May 11, 2015
Another ray of hope for Leda refugees faded as they remain deprived from healthcare facilities in a newly opened IOM clinic.
For the past few days, IOM has opened up a medical centre about a mile away from the camp. The purpose was to treat Rohingya refugees along with local Bengalis. Organisers reportedly made this arrangement so as not to antagonise the Bengali population that alleges international organisations aid the refugees at their expense.
But Rohingya refugees have been prevented from going to the clinic by locals. Even when they do reach there, they have to stand at the end of the queue. Locals say that if the IOM wanted to open a clinic for the refugees, they would have done it on the grounds of the refugee camp.
A desperate humanitarian situation evolved in Leda following the Bangladesh government decision to ban all NGOs from the refugee camp. At present Leda remains cut off from all facilities including water and healthcare.
The lack of healthcare has resulted in the death for many infants.