An enormous vaccination campaign has been launched today by the Bangladesh government in collaboration with the UN agencies and some national and international NGO’s to prevent the outbreak of cholera in Rohingya makeshift camps in Cox’s Bazaar.
About 88,000 oral vaccines had already been given as the campaign aims to vaccinate 650,000 more within the next month.
The second largest oral vaccination campaign in the world is expected to immunize about 250,000 children in the second phase of the vaccination in November of this year.
Although no cases of cholera have been diagnosed yet, about 10,000 people are identified with diarrheal symptoms. The campaign is a precautionary measure to prevent a large-scale outbreak among the refugees who live in muddy, wet and overcrowded camps amidst the unavailability of proper sanitation and safe drinking water.
Cholera is responsible for killing 95,000 people each year and affects 2.9 million more worldwide. This diarrheal infection is caused by eating contaminated food and water.
The relentless heatwaves followed by torrential rains in overcrowded and unhygienic makeshift camps are making the situation worse.
Since August 25, about 800,000 Rohingyas have fled the violence in Myanmar’s Rakhine state which the UN referred as “textbook example of ethnic cleansing.”
Bangla Insider/ MA