By Saeed Arakani
Sittwe (Rohingya Vision) – A lonely internally displaced Rohingya man has been languishing with Tuberculosis (TB) in Sittwe (Akyab) IDP Camps for two years as he has been abandoned and left without any proper medical treatment.
The victim is identified to be U Amin Johar Siddique, 55, living at Sector 3 of Thay Chaung IDP Camps in Sittwe Township. His wife and two children met untimely demises two years ago due the lack of medical treatments, leaving him alone in the camps.
“U Amin Johar is lonely man suffering from TB. And his wife was suffering from high fever thought to be Malaria and his two children were from Diarrhoea two years ago. They didn’t get access to medical treatments. So, they had to face untimely demises,” said an internally displaced Rohingya in the camps.
He is said to have been admitted to MSF Clinic for X-Ray and treatments. The doctors at the clinic gave him TB Drugs for six months and transferred him to ‘Daa’ Paing’ clinic for further treatments. However, the physicians at the clinic gave him no further TB drugs saying that they found no TB symptoms in him.
“He is not having any further treatments and medicines for more than a year. He has been to the ‘Dar Paing’ clinic several times. But he has not treated well even once.
Now, he is abandoned and left to suffer alone in ghetto-like camps here until his death,” one of his neighbour said.
His case is not the only case but one of many. Malaria, Dysentery, Tuberculosis, Hepatitis, Cholera are among the widespread infections in the IDP camps.
The internally displaced Rohingyas at IDP Camps in Sittwe, Pauktaw and other parts of Arakan state have not been able to get access to proper medical treatments since the expulsion of foreign humanitarian works by a state-sponsored violent mob. Their woes have become even worse post recent Komen Cyclone and Floods in the region.
[Edited by M.S. Anwar]
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