Malaysian field hospital in Cox's Bazar to be improved


Malaysia will look into ways to further improve and upgrade the services provided in the Malaysian field hospital here so as to provide better services, especially to Rohingya refugees.

Malaysian Armed Forces chief General Tan Sri Raja Mohamed Affandi Raja Mohammed Noor said, among the most crucial matters, was to improve the existing equipment due to the growing number of patients since it opened in Nov 31 last year.

"When we get back (to Malaysia), we will prepare a report on the proposals that can be made," he told Malaysian reporters after visiting the hospital here Saturday.

Also joining in his visit was Malaysian born Hollywood actress Tan Sri Michelle Yeoh, who is the Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Development Programme.

Raja Mohamed Affandi said so far the hospital had received over 4,000 patients and even though the original purpose of building the hospital was to treat Rohingya refugees at the camps here, it also received cases involving Bangladeshi nationals living in the vicinity.

He said the detailed hospital report and recommendations would be made to Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak as soon as possible.

"The operation of the hospital also received donations and cooperation from Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates (UAE)," he said.

The hospital construction, provision of medical assets and technical training of public medical staff are being undertaken by the military while its operations are handled by the Ministry of Health with the support of the National Security Council, the Foreign Ministry and several non-governmental organisations.

Earlier, Raja Mohamed Affandi and Yeoh visited the Balukhali refugee camp and observed for themselves the conditions faced by the Rohingya refugees there.

Meanwhile, Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham bin Abdullah, who was part of the special delegation, said the hospital was a referral hospital with most cases involving pneumonia, surgery and skin diseases.

This hospital has a good presentation. We have two operation theatres and other facilities that are fully equipped, he said.

At any one time, the hospital has seven medical specialists, five senior medical officers, 19 nurses and medical assistants, a health inspector and 11 logistics staff.

Earlier the special delegation visited the Balukhali refugee camp and saw for themselves the deplorable conditions of the Rohingya refugees living there after fleeing from the Rakhine State, Myanmar.


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