Government discusses health issues, Rohingya crisis with icddr,b

Honourable Health Minister from Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) of Bangladesh Government visited icddr,b to discuss important health issues including health and wellbeing of the Rohingya people taking refuge in Bangladesh.

Photo: Rabiul Hasan / icddr,b

“I count on icddr,b’s technical and evidence based recommendations in the areas of malnutrition, maternal and child health, and infectious disease control,” said Mr Mohammed Nasim, MP, Honourable Health Minister from MoHFW, Government of Bangladesh.

The minister was addressing a discussion titled Collaboration between the Government of Bangladesh and icddr,b: Past, Present and Future hosted by icddr,b at its Sasakawa Auditorium on Wednesday, 27 September 2017.

The health minister apprehended that the Rohingya people remain vulnerable to probable cholera outbreaks and other diarrhoeal diseases during post monsoon period in the makeshift refugee camps and nearby areas.

Photo: Rabiul Hasan / icddr,b

“I would expect icddr,b to explore how a mass vaccination of Rohingya refugees, especially for children aged under 5 years, can be implemented to prevent any imminent disease outbreak,” said the minister.

The discussants addressed how thousands of the Rohingya people are at risk of malnutrition and different vector and waterborne diseases.

icddr,b executive director Professor John D Clemens MD thanked the Government of Bangladesh for being a core donor and for jointly working towards achieving the sustainable development goals (SDGs).

Photo: Rabiul Hasan / icddr,b

“icddr,b values the leadership role played by the government in healthcare implementation and provision and icddr,b takes pride in providing technical assistance and evidence based recommendations to support policy decisions,” he said.

icddr,b’s deputy executive director Mr Syed Monjurul Islam and other members of icddr,b’s senior leadership team, health secretary and high officials from the health ministry, government stakeholders and icddr,b staff attended the event.