National Tuberculosis Control Programme (NTP) and BRAC jointly launched a high-tech mobile x-ray van to detect TB among Rohingyas in Cox’s Bazar.
To speed up the unique initiative, BRAC will implement the medical service programme under NTP’s supervision.
The inaugural ceremony of the programme was held on the premises of the Civil Surgeon Office in Cox’s Bazar on Thursday. Prof Dr Mohammad Shamiul Islam, director of Mycobacterial Disease Control (MBDC) and line director of NTP, was present as the chief guest.
Dr Mahbubur Rahman, civil surgeon of Cox’s Bazar, Dr Mohammad Jakir Hossain Khan, superintendent (deputy director) of Cox’s Medical College Hospital, Dr Bisakha Ghosh, Chittagong divisional expert of NTP, SM Golam Raihan, manager of TB Control programme of BRAC, were, among others, present.
About 100 Rohingyas from different camps in Ukhia and Teknaf will get necessary free health services every day through the van equipped with X-Ray and GeneXpert.
BRAC previously initiated TB detection programme among the refugees, but mobile X-Ray van is launched for the first time amid the Corona pandemic.
The services will be provided maintaining health rules while field-level BRAC workers have launched a special campaign among Rohingyas in this regard.