Tropical diseases spread in Burmese refugee camps

Ukhiya, Bangladesh: Tropical diseases, including chicken pox, pneumonia, fever and measles, have recently spread among children inside unofficial refugee camps — at Kutupalong and Leda camps, Anwer, a refugee committee member from Kutupalong makeshift camp said.

A children suffering in chicken pox and measles in refugee camp.

“Many refugee children have been suffering from chicken pox and measles since the 1st week of March 2013. The affected children are being taken to the clinic of Medicins Sans Frontieres (MSF).”

According to the refugees, mostly refugee children 5 – 7 years old have been suffering from these diseases.

The Kutupalong makeshift camp is situated in open fields on hilly side where the huts of the refugees are built with plastic, bushes and branches, so the refugee children affected by sun at day and cold at night.

A refugee Community Health worker said that the children are now suffering with pneumonia and fever because of weather changed.

Similarly, refugees living in the Leda (unregistered) camp are also suffering from the same topical diseases recently, said an aide of Muslim Aid.

Over 60,000 Rohingya refugees have been living in Kutupalong without refugee status  and more than 15,000 refugees are living in Leda camps by the UNHCR or Bangladeshi authorities.

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