There are about 18,523 pregnant women among the 501,800 Rohingyas who fled amid the persecution in the Rakhine state of Myanmar. These women are suffering from unhygienic sanitation, scarcity of water, irregular movements in hilly areas, malnutrition and proper rest among many other health-related problems.
So far, some 150 women have given birth to their babies in Bangladesh, Health Department sources confirmed.
Edema is a condition acute in many Rohingya women, which results in swelling of hands and feet due to the accumulation of excessive fluid in the tissue. Many pregnant women among Rohingyas are suffering from Edema as a result of their non-stop walking to flee the atrocities.
Rezia Begum is a seven-month pregnant woman, who has come to Bangladesh walking six days without any break and now she’s suffering from the same condition.
Earlier, Rezia had given birth to four children but never faced such complexities, she said.
An estimated 291,044 are children under 18 years among the total number of Rohingya influx. About 42,541 of them are now living in makeshift camps in Ukhia and Teknaf Upazilas.
These children are facing from mental health issues as many of them had witnessed the deaths of their parents and family members. There is an insufficiency in child health care and food necessary for children.
Many infants are suffering from lack of breastfeeding because the mothers are not getting enough food and water.
However, some 43 makeshift medical camps, 36 vaccine centers, one mother and child welfare center, one general hospital, two upazila health complexes, two union service centers, three community clinics, 12 makeshift centers, four family welfare centers and 12 partner centers have been providing 24/7 health services to the Rohingyas.
Apart from the initiatives taken by the Government, a good number of private organizations have been providing medical facilities to the persecuted Rohingyas.
Bangla Insider/ MA