M’sia Should Think about extending duration of field hospital: Doctor (Video)

COX’S BAZAR: Malaysia ought to think about extending the duration of its Field Hospital for Rohingya refugees to get a year or more.

Stating this, ” Field Hospital Planning and Technical adviser Colonel Dr Mohd Arshil Moideen said it could be a much better way to assist the refugees here.

“The area hospital, which is functioning for three months, won’t have the capacity to help the refugees a lot.

“Studying the situation, it is my opinion that the duration is extended for at least a year or more.

“In this manner the health care services offered to the refugees won’t be taken away from a sudden in the conclusion of the three-month operations,” he informed the Malaysian Parliamentarian’s delegation in the hospital construction site on Saturday.

However, the conclusion will be in the government’s discretion, Arshil said, adding that the decision will also take into consideration the views and requests from the Bangladeshi government and the United Nation’s High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR).

The Field Hospital, that is almost 50 percent complete, is sized 100x70m and is a completely equipped professional hospital that is equal to a district pro hospital.

Arshil, who’s also the Royal Medical Corp clinical epidemiology expert, said there will be operations and surgical centers, labor room, paediatric space, as well as trauma and emergency centers.

It can house 50 patients at a time and may have 50 medical staff on rotation.

“Many of those folks here suffer chiefly from stomach and gastric ulcers due to no appropriate food supply.

“The most crucial requirement here is maternal healthcare and medical and psychiatric treatment to rape victims.

In addition, he said that the rise of infectious diseases was the most challenging problem in any diplomatic missions.

“When the hospital starts operations on Dec 1, then it will be a whole field hospital in this area, with an operational price of RM1.5million per month.

“But there’s not any cost for humanitarian works,” he added.

Arshil stated the team has recognized KPJ Specialist Hospital at Dhaka for medical equipment to make sure there’s not any counterfeits.

He explained there will probably be just two generator sets to supply electricity with all the capacity that may cover a 10-storey construction.

“As for water supply, it will be self-sustained. We have made agreements with the local company to dig a well and put up our own toilets here,” Arshil stated.

Earlier in the month, the authorities had declared it would build an RM3.5million area hospital in Cox Bazar for the Rohingya refugees, who fled Myanmar.

Below is a video of Rohingya kids at Cox’s Bazar: