Burma Times Desk Report: July 10, 2015
Rohingya refugees living on the outskirts of Delhi are falling prey to diseases, including lung infections and severe skin allergies, due to bio-medical waste being dumped by two prominent hospitals in front of their camp, according to Indo- Asia News Service (IANS).
The Indian news agency cited refugees as saying discarded bandages, syringes and other bio-waste is dumped by Safdarjung Hospital and Indraprastha Apollo hospital near their camp.
“For the past four months vans carrying the bio-medical waste from hospitals have started dumping it right in front of our shacks. Although adults understand what it is, it’s very difficult to make the children understand, who go and play with it. This is the cause behind the occurrence of several forms of diseases in them,” Mohammad Salim, the head of the refugee camp, told IANS.
Three infants had died from skin diseases contracted from the medical waste.
“I did not understand what my little son died of. Before I could stop him from playing with the syringes, used hand gloves and all, he had already contracted a serious skin infection. Before he died his entire body became red and full of blisters,” Rasna Begum, mother of a three year old who died in May told IANS.
When the refugees built a wall separating their huts from the waste area, the people who dump the medical waste broke it up and cursed the Rohingyas.