Turkish facility treats nearly 100,000 Rohingya refugees

Photo: Anadolu


A Turkish-funded field hospital at the Rohingya refugee camps in Bangladesh has treated nearly 100,000 refugees over the last seven months, according to hospital officials.

The hospital in southeastern Cox’s Bazar district has operated since February after then-Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim visited refugee camps around 25 miles (40 kilometers) from the city center.

The facility has 50 beds in eight tents and is operated by Turkey’s Disaster and Emergency Management Authority (AFAD) over a half-square-mile (1,000-square-meter) area.

Four general practitioners, seven specialists, and 17 healthcare assistants work at the hospital. Additionally, the hospital has a local team of 25 personnel who provide cleaning, security, and healthcare services.

Turkish authorities had also expanded the hospital by adding an intensive care unit, maternity ward, general surgery section, pediatric and orthopedic departments, and a laboratory, according to hospital officials.

“We’re a field hospital, but we serve as a secondary health care facility,” Yasin Sahin Oguz, the hospital’s assistant chief, told Anadolu Agency.

Oguz said more than 90,000 patients have been treated at the site, and more than 500 have undergone surgery.

At least 10 patients were treated after sustaining bullet wounds, he added.

Source: Anadolu

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