Dengue Fever Threatens Rohingya Children in Cox's Bazar

The monsoon season threatens poses threats to 1.2 million Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh. They are at risk of not only flooding but also dengue fever that can spread due to overcrowding and unsanitary camp condition.

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Illustration. Rohingya children in Cox's Bazar (ACTNews)

ACTNews, COX'S BAZAR – The Bangladesh Meteorological Department predicts that thunderstorms and strong winds will occur in several areas of Bangladesh, including Cox's Bazar. Bangladeshi authorities suggest installing storm warning signal poles in Cox's Bazar.

The storms and winds caused by the monsoon pose not only the threat of flooding but also the spread of dengue cases. Mud and puddles of water caused by rainfall is a breeding ground Aedes aegypti mosquito, which carries the dengue virus. In addition, overcrowding and poor sanitation in the camp exacerbate the risk.

Firdaus Guritno from Aksi Cepat Tanggap (ACT)'s Global Humanity Response team explained that dengue fever has become an epidemic among Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh. It often spreads during the rainy season.

"In 2019, for example, there were hundreds of cases of dengue fever in Rohingya refugees in Cox's Bazar. Many of the infected were children," said Firdaus, Thursday (12/9/2021). He estimated that this year's cases could be higher than in previous years.

Firdaus invited the community to combat the spread of dengue fever through the provision of proper sanitary facilities. “Through the Waqf Well program, we can provide a solution to the lack of clean water among the Rohingya refugees. Insha Allah, by maintaining their cleanliness, they will no longer be prone to diseases,” he said. []