Burma Times Correspondent: November 3, 2015
A man has died from tuberculosis (TB) in the Aung Minglar quarter of Akyab.
21 year Jamal Hossain died on Monday at around 4.15 am.
Jamal had contracted the disease at least a year ago but he was continuously denied medical treatment in various clinics. His family took him to many health clinics but all of them drove them away because he was a Muslim.
Rakhine hospital staff don’t generally treat Muslim patients.
The TB epidemic has spread throughout Rohingyas in Aung Minglar and IDP camps in the township. TB is an infectious disease and if left untreated spreads from people to people, as has been the case for Rohingyas in Akyab.
There are almost no medical facilities for the entire Rohingya population in Arakan state. All government hospitals and other clinics operated by the Rakhines are off limits for the Muslim community. Under such a scenario, the medical charity MSF was the sole lifeline for the Muslims from 2012 to 2014.
But in January 2014, MSF was expelled from Arakan state after it issued a report saying it has treated Muslim patients wounded in a riot. Since then there has been allegations the MSF is biased towards the Muslims and was not allowed to operate.
Later MSF was allowed to return in a much more limited capacity. In practice, Rohingyas say they have not seen any MSF doctors since 2014.
As a result, there is no medical lifeline for the Rohingyas.
Activists say the denial of medical facilities for the Rohingya populace is a calculated step by the regime to annihilate of expel the Muslim community from Arakan.
In recent weeks, independent analysts have also observed the intentional denial of medical facilities and described it as a measure for ethnic cleansing.