REPUBLIKA.CO.ID, JAKARTA -- The Indonesian government has handed over a mobile clinic for refugees from Rakhine State in Myanmar that are currently residing in Bangladesh. The mobile clinic was handed over by Indonesian Ambassador to Bangladesh Rina P. Soemarno to the authority in the country, the Indonesian Embassy in Dhaka noted in a statement here on Friday.
The mobile clinic is made available by PKPU, an Indonesian humanitarian organization, and a member of the Indonesian Humanitarian Alliance (IHA) that is operating in Cox's Bazar, helping ease the suffering of those fleeing from Rakhine State in Myanmar.
It will be operated by RISDA, a Bangladeshi NGO founded in 1993, with a mission to promote human rights and socio-economic development of underprivileged communities.
The mobile clinic will serve the people from Rakhine State now residing in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh.
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It will target areas of the camps in Cox's Bazar that are difficult to reach and have no direct access to health facilities and are expected to serve at least 125 to 200 refugees per day.
IHA is an alliance of 11 humanitarian organizations in Indonesia, installed by the Foreign Affairs Ministry on August 31, 2017, in Jakarta.
IHA started its operations in Cox's Bazar after obtaining permission from the Bangladesh government.
IHA has focused on basic health services in Jamtoli Camp in Cox's Bazar by operating a temporary hospital for refugees in the camp.
IHA has also built shelters for refugees as well as sanitary and water treatment facilities. The humanitarian operation was funded by the Indonesian people.
During a visit to Bangladesh on Jan 27, President Joko Widodo had visited IHA's temporary hospital in Jamtoli Camp. He also made official the operations of the two mobile clinics from IHA.
It will be the fourth mobile clinic provided by IHA. It is equipped with a stretcher, oxygen tubes, infusion facility, and other emergency tools. It also has a facility to conduct minor surgery.