SAVE THE CHILDREN IN BANGLADESH INAUGURATES SEVERE ACUTE RESPIRATORY INFECTION ISOLATION AND TREATMENT CENTRE (SARI ITC) IN COX’S BAZAR

Sunday 28 June 2020

Save the Children has set up a 60-bed isolation and treatment centre in Teknaf to provide care to the suspected COVID-19 patients from the Rohingya refugee camps and the local community, with support from UK Aid and UNOPS.  The Severe Acute Respiratory Infection Isolation and Treatment Centre (SARI ITC) is located in camp 21, Chakmarkur Union in Teknaf Upazila. In consultation with the Bangladesh Ministry of Health and Inter Sector Coordination Group (ISCG) in Cox's Bazar, this isolation and treatment centre is constructed in accordance with the guidance of the World Health Organization (WHO). The centre will start providing health service from July 4, 2020.

The centre was inaugurated on 27th June, where Refugee Relief and Repatriation Commissioner Mahbub Alam Talukder, Additional Refugee Relief and Repatriation Commissioner Kazi Mohammd Mozammel Hoque, Civil Surgeon- Cox’s Bazar Dr. Md. Mahbubur Rahman, Senior Coordinator of Inter Sector Coordination Group Nicole Epting, Health Sector Coordinator of World Health Organization Dr. Mukeshkumar Prajapati were present virtually. SCI in Bangladesh Country Director Onno Van Manen, Deputy Country Director (Acting) Dr Shamim Jahan, Camp 21 In Charge Shabbir Iqbal, Assistant Camp in Charge Sirajul Islam and local community leaders were present maintaining social distance.

Onno van Manen said SARI ITC will offer care for moderate to severe cases of people with suspected and confirmed COVID-19. “The centre will be staffed by an expert team of 80 health professionals and support staff, including Save the Children’s Emergency Health Unit. The plans for the centre include a dedicated area where pregnant women with COVID-19 can safely deliver their babies and patients can access gender-based-violence support services if needed,” he added.