Dhaka – Bangladesh has urged the international community to continue pressure on Myanmar for repatriation of more than 1 million Rohingya Muslims sheltered in Bangladesh fleeing violent military crackdown in Myanmar.
Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina reiterated the call when a senior official of the World Health Organisation called on her in Dhaka Wednesday.
The WHO regional director, Poonam Khetrapal Singh, who is on a visit to Bangladesh, met the Prime Minister after visiting the Rohingya camps in south-eastern Bangladeshi district of Cox’s Bazar.
Nearly 700,000 Rohingya Muslims crossed into Bangladesh after Myanmar army launched a military crackdown targeting Muslim insurgents blamed for carrying out attacks on security posts in Rakhine state on August 25. More than 400,000 others have been living in squalid camps for years.
Hasina told the UN official that Bangladesh has completed biometric registration of the Myanmar’s displaced nationals who crossed the border facing the violent crackdown, Prime Minister’s press secretary Ihsanul Karim told reporters after the meeting.
Hasina said the government has given cards to Rohingya so that they could be identified easily and the Myanmar government could take them back.
Singh appreciated Bangladesh government’s move over the Rohingya issue. “The Bangladesh government is doing a great job,” she said.
She also mentioned that WHO will help Bangladesh provide immunisation and medical services to the Rohingya.
Expressing concern over the health condition, sanitation and waterborne diseases in the upcoming monsoon, Singh said it would be a challenging job to tackle those and urged the government to continue its immunisation activities.
Hasina said her government is in touch with five neighbouring countries bordering with Myanmar, including Thailand, China and India, on the issue of Rohingya crisis.