PV Desk : IOM, the UN Migration Agency, is harnessing solar energy to power its remote health posts in Cox’s Bazar’s giant Kutupalong and Balukali makeshift settlements, which are now home to an estimated 440,000 Rohingyas from Myanmar, an IOM press release said.
Violence in Myanmar’s Rakhine State has forced over 620,000 Rohingyas to flee to Bangladesh since August 25, bringing the total number of people seeking safety in the Cox’s Bazar settlements to over 833,000.
Many of the new arrivals and those already living in the settlements, as well as local communities, are desperately in need of healthcare.
Prior to the latest influx of Rohingyas, IOM coordinated the work of agencies working in the health sector, in close collaboration with the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Bangladeshi Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.
As people have flooded into the settlements over the past three months, pressure on the health sector has steadily risen. Since August 25, IOM has carried out over 75,000 health consultations for both Rohingyas and the local community in Teknaf and Ukhiya upazilas.