BANGLADESH. The diphtheria outbreak is a contagious infection caused by Corynebacterium bacteria. Symptoms of this disease include sore throat, fever, and the formation of layers in the tonsils and throat.
Diphtheria is common in developing countries like Indonesia, as well as in Bangladesh. Data from WHO estimated 2000 Rohingya refugees are infected with diphtheria and every day there are 100 new diphtheria cases with the majority infected are refugee children. As of January 1, 2018, 24 Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh have died from diphtheria.
In response to the above incident, the humanitarian medical team of Rumah Zakat is conducting a healthy living behavior education program for the Rohingya refugee children at Jamtoli Camp Bangladesh in the form of proper handwashing, cutting of Rohingya children’s nails and educational health games. Thursday (04/01/2018).
“Alhamdulillah, today we conduct a healthy life behavior program to prevent diphtheria to the Rohingya children,” said Tri Yanto as the humanitarian medical team at Rumah Zakat, to keep the program free for 180 Rohingya refugees.
Newsroom / Andri Murdianto