Teenage girl died of malaria at Akyab refugee camp

Akyab, Arakan State: A teenage girl died of malaria today morning at Goduba refugee camp of Akyab (Sittwe), the capital of Arakan State because of lack of proper medical treatment, according to a refugee leader from the camp preferring not to be named.  “The victim is identified as—Ms Amina (12), daughter of Abdu Gafur, hailed from Goduba refugee camp of Sittwe.”

After suffering from malaria, 15 days ago, she was brought to Thet Kay Pyin village private clinic for treatment, but the doctor referred her to Sittwe general hospital by saying that they have no medicines of Malaria, said a close relative of the victim.

“It is not clear that in reality, there is shortage of malaria medicine or not, or unwilling to give treatment to Rohingya community,” said a local elder from Sittwe.

The parents of the patient are not able to send her to the Akyab (Sittwe) general hospital because of money and also the doctors are not sincere in the treatment of Rohingya community. Most of the patients of Rohingya community who were admitted earlier in the hospital were died, and also have to pay money in the hospital to release the dead bodies, a refugee leader said preferring not to be named.

The refugees do not get proper medical treatment because of absent of NGOs and other social organizations in the camp, the refugee leader more added.

“Rohingyas are confined in the squalid camps, supposedly for their own-protection.” Burma’s persecuted Rohingyas are slowly succumbing to starvation, despair and diseases, said sources.

Two years after the outbreak of communal clashes (one-sided) between Rohingya and Rakhine communities, a deepening and waterborne illness in the camps.

In Arakan State, the ability of humanitarian agencies to deliver assistance has been severely limited by the political situation, while conditions for IDPs deteriorate, said a refugee leader who denied to be named.

In 2012, violence in Arakan (Rakhine) state forced around 150,000 Rohingya people to flee their homes. The majority people live in government designated IDP camps near the state capital, Sittwe and in surrounding the townships.

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