PV Desk : More than 700, 000 people over the age of one year have been administered oral cholera vaccine in the first phase of a campaign here to protect the newly arrived Rohingya population and their host communities against the deadly diarrheal disease.
“The coverage is commendable as the oral cholera vaccination campaign was planned and rolled out against very tight timelines,” said WHO Representative to Bangladesh Dr N Paranietharan.
The WHO officials said it demonstrates the commitment of the Ministry of Health, Bangladesh, partners on the ground, as well as partners such as GAVI and the International Coordinating Group on vaccine provision, to help secure the health and wellbeing of these immensely vulnerable people.
Meanwhile, Director General of the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) William Lacy Swing urged more support for Rohingyas fleeing Myanmar or he said ‘thousands will suffer’.
The United Nations migration agency and its partners are supporting Bangladesh in coordinating assistance for the influx of hundreds of thousands of Rohingyas, including with clean water and sanitation, shelter, food and psychosocial care for the most vulnerable, according to UN News Centre.