Deprivation of Healthcare in Arakan – Rohingya Genocide
Deprivation of health care: another tool of Genocide
One of the strongest tool, Burma has adopted to carry out the genocide against Rohingya systematically by cutting off access to health care.
Genocidal experts have presented evidence of Malnutrition, Infectious diseases and Rape victims, where they showed poor health care records of Rohingya particularly in IDP camps in Arakan State.
MSF an organization which was the only hope, providing healthcare to 140 thousand displaced people in the region. In March 2014 MSF was attacked by Buddhist and Mough extremists in the watch of government and later expelled from the state, leaving helpless Rohingyas in misery and limbo.
Daa Pai emergency governmental clinic with 12 bed facilities for entire 140 thousand people in concentration camp, where doctors are rarely seen and patients are lucky if they can get a Paracetamol.
The two hospitals in northern, Maungdaw with only 6 staff each. Rohingya Patients has to bribe even for Birth Certificates and registration, where patients are mistreated with abusive language like “Kalars” and “Bengalis”
The little facilities that exist in the region are also made difficult to access by restriction of movement, continuous curfew only on Rohingya, transportation, and harassment in the checkpoints.
Not only that, cost of services are very high, where medicines, medical appliances are made unaffordable. There are not enough doctors nor specialist moreover patients are reluctant to visit clinic or hospital due to discrimination and misbehavior by hospital staff.
Polluted environment, hygiene, sanitation, nutrition, clean water, insufficient medicine, and toxic food, less no of hospitals, clinics and bribes are the key factors affecting People’s health in daily life.
Mostly, Rohingya women are victim of these issues, especially pregnant and foster mothers, their babies are victimized due to the lack of source of skills, information, instruction and consultation, causing premature birth, miscarriage and abnormal babies.
Even at the time of giving birth, home delivery is the best choice for a Rohingya woman because, hospitals are death-care more than being health care.
Where patients prefer to die at home or struggle to cross over to neighboring country Bangladesh for treatment.
In Akyab, Mough doctors and nurses killed a pregnant Rohingya woman named Salimah, during her delivery in Akkyab (Sittwe) General Hospital On January, 2015.
In Maungdaw a woman named Roshida, 39 died due to rejection to admit in Maungdaw Hospital during her delivery in General Hospital on November 2013, where another woman named Noor Haba was also killed by Rakhine Nurses on 16th June 2015.
On May 8, 2014 in Akyab, a 16 month old baby died after being admitted to the hospital in the hands of Rakhine Doctors in Sittwe general hospital another boy died due to tonsil pain on March 1, 2014.
Another pregnant woman was killed by Hospital staff on 24th April, 2014 in Akyab(Sittwe). In the Same hospital a two year baby boy was killed by injecting wrongly on 6th December, 2015.
Devastating situation in Arakan, Former Rapporteur Tomas Quintana quoted “1 Doctor per 140 thousand Rohingya in northern Rakhine State and 1 doctor per 681 for non-Rohingyas in Rakhine State”.
Despite being alarming situation, new government under Aung San Suu Kyi, has asked for space in resolving the issue and is trying to snatch the Identity of the Rohingyas by labeling them “as Muslims of Arakan State”.
Denial of health care is a denial of international human Right.
Are the Voices of international communities enough to stop these murders? Or is there no one to take accountability from these series of criminal governments?
Although Burma has marched to so-called democratic government, Rohingyas are not only left behind but are in countdown of losing their Identity along with their lives.
Analysis by: Qutub Shah and Arifa
Written by: Arifa
Video Credit: RFA