Caritas Bangladesh goes further for health in crisis

20 Apr 2020   |   Blog

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Caritas Bangladesh is implementing stringent hygiene measures in Cox’ Bazaar in response to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. The network has assumed its’ collective responsibility to ensure its’ global response leaves no one behind. They are going further together as a united front to protect these fragile communities from the impact of COVID-19 coronavirus.

In Bangladesh, Caritas is strengthening its’ overall preparedness, prevention and response measures to uphold the dignity of and protect the refugees and asylum seekers living in the world’s largest refugee camp in Cox’s Bazar. Caritas and its’ partner organisations are closely following developments and delivering services to address this global challenge in accordance with World Health Organisation’s COVID-19 guidelines.

Bangladesh Reflection
Bangladesh Reflection
Credit: Caritas Internationalis

 

Bangladesh, Health Minister Zahid Maleque recently announced two major preventative measures had been implemented in the fight against COVID-19. First, there has been a move towards stringently monitoring and scanning all visitors to the country for COVID-19 symptoms and automatically quarantining Chinese nationals for 14 days. Next, major hospitals have set-up separate wards in readiness to treat infected patients. Allied health professionals are on stand-by to isolate and provide quality treatment and care to patients who present with COVID-19 symptoms in these segregated wards.

“Necessary manpower has been appointed to make sure patients receive proper treatment, once they are positively identified. In every district, civil surgeons, DCs and SPs have been advised to stay vigilant about the virus,” Mr Maleque said. 

Caritas Bangladesh visits local community
Caritas Bangladesh visits local community
Caritas Internationalis

At Cox’s Bazar, special awareness sessions are being rolled out in Caritas community centres, to support the Rohingya refugees. Hand gel has also been distributed and recommended. Safe hygiene practices have been modelled and explained and the people are currently following the advice of staff. Caritas Bangladesh are advancing their efforts to ensure no one gets left behind during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Local community help in crisis
Local community help in crisis
Credit: Caritas Internationalis

 


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