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Malaysia promises field hospital to serve northern camps
Malaysia has committed to build a field hospital in Cox's Bazar with the aim of providing better health services for the Rohingya refugees who have fled persecution in the troubled Rakhine state of Myanmar.
New arrivals into the refugee camps dotting the south-eastern reaches of Bangladesh crossed 537,000 on October 15, marking Day 50 of the current crisis. A full-blown humanitarian disaster constantly feels like it’s just one stroke of bad luck away.
Bangladesh appreciated Malaysia’s bold position in support of persecuted Rohingyas, their initiative of providing humanitarian assistance to the Rohingyas and welcomed the proposal for setting up the field hospital in Cox’s Bazar to provide improved medical care services to around 300,000 Rohingyas.
That would suggest the field hospital might be in consideration to be set up near the Kutupalong-Balukhali expansion site, a sprawling camp home to over 300,
Malaysia’s Deputy Prime Minister Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi placed the proposal during his meeting with Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali at state guesthouse Padma on Sunday evening. Work to build the hospital will start soon.
Secretary (Bilateral and Consular) Kamrul Ahsan and Malaysian High Commissioner in Dhaka Nur Ashikin Binti Mohd Taib received the Deputy Prime Minister at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport at 10:30am, a senior Foreign Ministry official told UNB.
Zahid Hamidi arrived here on Sunday morning on a two-day visit to discuss bilateral and Rohingya issues.
This visit reflects Malaysia's ‘concern and seriousness’ on the Rohingya issue in general, said an official.
This is Zahid Hamidi's first visit to Bangladesh since assuming office as the Deputy Prime Minister in 2015.
He is expected to meet Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and relevant ministers to take stock of the existing bilateral relations and explore new areas of cooperation that are mutually beneficial to both countries, according to a statement UNB obtained from Malaysian Foreign Ministry on Friday.
Apart from the bilateral meetings, Zahid Hamidi will also travel to Cox’s Bazar on Monday to witness the Rohingyas.
Malaysia is optimistic that this visit will further strengthen the existing friendly ties between Malaysia and Bangladesh not only in the areas of bilateral cooperation but also on regional and international issues.
He will leave for Kuala Lumpur from Cox's Bazar on Monday through a special flight.