UNHCR provides 18-bed ICU unit for Rohingyas and host community in Cox’s Bazar

On Saturday, the UNHCR has set up an 18-bed Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at Cox’s Bazar Sadar Hospital along with the help of Bangladesh government to prepare against Covid-19.

According to the UNHCR press release, the ICU unit, first of its kind in Cox’s Bazar, consisting 10 beds with life-saving ventilators and 8 high-dependency beds, was inaugurated on Saturday marking the World Refugee Day 2020.

Cox’s Bazar Sadar Hospital superintendent Dr Mohammad Mohiuddin said, they began set-up work of the unit in April, led by the RRRC with support of the district deputy commissioner and UNHCR.

The UNHCR has so far set up two Severe Acute Respiratory Infection Isolation and Treatment facilities (SARI ITCs) in Cox’s Bazar, which are providing care to Rohingyas and Bangladeshis alike. UNHCR and humanitarian partners have also provided training, support, and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for frontline health workers.