Home Today's Paper Most Popular Video Gallery Photo Gallery
Subscription Blog Signin Register
Monday, June 25, 2018 02:32:08 AM
Follow Us On: Facebook Twitter Twitter Twitter Twitter

Endemic feared from HIV-positive at Rohingya camps

Share your thought
Post a comment »
Read all () »

DETECTION of one after another HIV-positive Rohingya patients in makeshift refugee camps has raised worries among health workers since it poised the danger to become an epidemic within and outside the camp. Needless to say the Bangladesh government has to bear the brunt of the cost for treatment of the ill-fated people who fled Myanmar's ethnic cleansing. There is a growing fear that the number of HIV infected patients will only grow with more arrival of refugees.
Health officials have so far detected 61 Rohingyas - both men and women with HIV infection and are providing free of cost treatment at Cox's Bazar Medical Hospital, as per report in a local daily. In their estimate over 5,000 such patients have already arrived in refugee camps from Rakhine State of Myanmar where the HIV prevalence rate is around 0.8 percent-one of the highest in the world. National AIDS/STD Programme officials fear that if the arrival of refugees continues the disease may spread outside camps through unsafe sexual relation, blood transfusion, sharing of syringes and such other mingling.
Prevalence of HIV positive is one of the lowest in Bangladesh. According to National AIDS/STD Programme officials a total of 3,922 Bangladeshi nationals constituting only  0.002 percent of the population have so far been found with HIV-positive and 799 death were reported.
Recent estimate show over 6,11,000 Rohingyas have entered Bangladesh since August this year while their total number stands over one million. They have brought the deadliest health disease as big challenge for Bangladesh. Treating HIV patients is highly expensive and there is growing fear that it may quickly spread.
Myanmar is one of the 35 countries accounting for 90 per cent of new HIV infections globally. The number of adults and children living with HIV is 2,30,000. The military led government in that country always neglected the health issue. Some estimate suggest each screening of a patient costs around USD 15 and the daily cost of medicines is estimated at USD 2.5 per patient.
It is shocking that the Myanmar is pushing Rohingyas with more HIV patients into Bangladesh to overload our medical services and resources to bear their expenses. The biggest threat for us is how to contain the disease from becoming epidemic. We are becoming highly vulnerable to HIV infection carried out by Rohingyas while the world is just talking about humanitarian help instead of forcing Myanmar to end the crisis and take back Rohingyas with safety to their homes. Bangladesh doesn't need relief but want to be relieved from the burden of the refugees.
We not only fear of HIV disease, their presence is creating social tension and adding to local crimes. The international community must immediately intervene to end the crisis before it grows too big for Bangladesh to handle.

Add Rate

News Archive

Inside The New Nation

Sports »

Members of England's rugby league team celebrate a win over New Zealand by raising the Rugby League Football International Challenge Cup on Saturday in Denver. England won 36-18.

International »

First Russia air strikes hit southern Syria as govt assault looms

AFP, Beirut : Russia bombed rebel-held parts of southern Syria late Saturday for the first time since brokering a ceasefire there nearly a year ago, a monitor group said, as allied regime troops prepare a ground assault.Southern Syria is a strategic prize for local and global players involved in the country's ...

International »

Zimbabwe's President narrowly escapes assassination bid

The Washington Post :Zimbabwe's election campaign season took a worrying turn Saturday afternoon when a crude bombing at a speech delivered by President Emmerson Mnangagwa appeared to be an attempt on his life.Mnangagwa had just finished giving a speech in a stadium in Zimbabwe's second-largest city, Bulawayo, when the blast ...

City »

Newly -appointed Nepalese Ambassador Dr Chop Lal Bhusal called on Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at her office yesterday.

Editorial »

Fatal accidents are increasing, make roads and highways safe for passengers

TERMING it as the deadliest day, the news media reported that at least 55 people were killed in separate road accidents in different districts across the country on Saturday. Bangladesh Jatri Kallyan Samity said it was the highest number of casualties in a single day in recent times. An 11-member ...

Entertainment »

Richi returns to country tomorrow

Entertainment Report :In last January, popular TV actress Richi Solaiman came to Bangladesh to pass times with her mother and brother by own way. After five months, she is returning to her motherland tomorrow. This time she is coming for several reasons including to celebrate Eid-ul-Azha with her mother, to ...

Editorial »

American people rose against inhumanity of Trump`s immigration policy : Trump remains un-American

US President Donald Trump took an U-turn and changed his own policy amid strong protest by American people.  There are huge criticism and outcry in America over the way undocumented parents and children have been kept forcibly apart. He said he changed his mind by seeing images of children who ...

International »

UN Chief appeals for end to fighting in south Syria

AFP, United Nations :UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Friday called for an immediate end to a military escalation in southwest Syria and a return to ceasefire arrangements agreed by Russia, the United States and Jordan.US Ambassador Nikki Haley separately urged Russia to pressure its Syrian ally to uphold the truce. ...

Football »

Nigeria`s John Obi Mikel (left) and Iceland`s Gylfi Sigurdsson compete for the ball during the group D match between Nigeria and Iceland at the 2018 soccer World Cup at the Volgograd Arena in Volgograd, Russia on Friday.

Football »

Portugal's Ruben Dias talks to journalists during a news conference prior the training session of Portugal at the 2018 soccer World Cup in Kratovo, outskirts Moscow, Russia on Saturday.

City »

Prime Minister and Awami League President Sheikh Hasina inaugurating the newly constructed building of the party's central office by releasing balloons in the city's Bangabandhu Avenue on Saturday.

Entertainment »

Sunny Leone hospitalised

Bollywood star and reality show host Sunny Leone was hospitalised on Thursday. Leone was taken to Brijesh Hospital Kashipur in the Udham Singh Nagar district of Uttarakhand on Thursday after she complained of stomach ache. However, her state was declared satisfactory on Friday morning.The doctor attending her has given the ...

Editorial »

Trump disregards the American core human right values : He is against America`s greatness

The United States withdrew from the United Nations Human Rights Council on Tuesday, condemning the "hypocrisy" of its members and its alleged "unrelenting bias" against Israel vividly face-off US stance in favour of rights violation. National and international news outlets reported that the US ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, ...

Entertainment »

Kriti Sanon shares glimpses from her IIFA performance

Actress Kriti Sanon took to social media to share glimpses from her upcoming electrifying performance at the IIFA awards. Kriti Sanon who landed in Bangkok on Thursday morning for IIFA wasted no time as she took to rehearsals for her much-awaited performance. Sharing insights into her performances, Kriti Sanon posted ...

Entertainment »

A fan paints a wall with Nidhhi Agerwal’s graffiti art

An ardent fan of Nidhhi Agerwal took to Twitter to share a Graffiti art of the actress painted on a wall. The fan artist painted a wall with the actress’ image giving showcasing his love for Nidhhi. The artist spent a huge amount of time getting every detail right to ...

Items that you save may be read at any time on your computer, iPad, iPhone or Android devices.
Are you new to our website? Do you have already an account at our website?
Create An Account Log in here
Email this news to a friend or like someone
Write a comment to this news