Malaysian Health Ministry doctors to staff Rohingya hospital in Bangladesh

Datuk Seri Dr S. Subramaniam said Malaysia is ready to provide medical personnel and aid in Cox’s Bazar where many of the refugees fled to, but is currently awaiting approval from the Bangladesh government. — Bernama pic
Datuk Seri Dr S. Subramaniam said Malaysia is ready to provide medical personnel and aid in Cox’s Bazar where many of the refugees fled to, but is currently awaiting approval from the Bangladesh government. — Bernama pic

KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 17 — Malaysia will not only be building a field hospital in Bangladesh to treat Rohingya refugees fleeing Myanmar but will also send doctors there, Datuk Seri Dr S. Subramaniam said.

The health minister said Malaysia is ready to provide medical personnel and aid in Cox’s Bazar where many of the refugees fled to, but is currently awaiting approval from the Bangladesh government, national news agency Bernama reported.

“A field hospital will be built there and Health Ministry personnel will help provide treatment,” he was quoted telling reporters in Melaka yesterday.

“A complete list of expert and medical personnel involved in the mission have been obtained and the ministry is only waiting for an appropriate time to depart to the country,” he reportedly added.

Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid  Hamidi announced that Malaysia will be building a 50-bed hospital for the Rohingya, at a cost of RM3.5 million during a visit to the Kutupalong refugee camp in Bangladesh yesterday.

A humanitarian crisis is taking place in Bangladesh with the exodus of over 500,000 Muslim majority Rohingya from their Rakhine state homeland where they accuse the Myanmar military of carrying out state-sanctioned violence against their people. 

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