Three wards fully renovated by WHO in Sadar Hospital, Cox’s Bazar

WHO Bangladesh/ C. Bercaru

Three wards with a total capacity of 32 beds have been fully renovated by the WHO at Sadar Hospital, the only facility providing referral services to 1 million Rohingya refugees and the local community in Cox’s Bazar. The hospital supports a vulnerable population, which is at increased risk of diseases in the ongoing cyclone season.

5 more wards, with a total capacity of 168 beds will be further renovated by the end of the year. These renovations are part of a US$ 2 million project aimed to strengthen Sadar District Hospital’s capacity and is being implemented with funding support from the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Centre (KSrelief).

“Strengthening and upgrading Sadar Hospital’s capacity to deal with increasing flows of patients is a priority for the WHO, since it can ensure adequate healthcare for both Rohingya and the host community,” says Dr Khalid El Tahir, WHO Incident Manager, Cox’s Bazar.

In March this year, KSrelief provided the funds to WHO to upgrade the 250-bed hospital, which has been handling 400- 600 in-patients every day. This is much beyond its capacity, especially after the massive Rohingya refugee influx began last year.

The grant is also being used to provide medical equipment, medicines, supplies, safe drinking water and food to in-patients, as well as to increase the number of doctors and nurses treating the patients. Furthermore, 1 ambulance and one 150 kva generator will be donated to the hospital. WHO is also supporting the set-up of an additional operation theatre in the hospital.

WHO continues to work closely with the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare to meet the health needs of the Rohingya refugees and the host community. For this purpose, WHO is leading and coordinating efforts of over 100 partners managing more than 270 health facilities in Rohingya camps, while also providing medicines and medical equipment, diagnostics, guidelines and building capacities of the health workforce.