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Int'l NGO staff working in Rohingya camp exposed to Covid-19

  • Published at 02:28 pm April 23rd, 2020
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World Vision sends staff in home quarantine, closes its Ukhiya office

One of the Bangladeshi staff working for World Vision, an international NGO, in a Rohingya camp has been exposed to Covid-19.

The staff is now in quarantine at home for 15 days and as a precautionary measure, the NGO closed its office in Ukhiya, Cox’s Bazar on Thursday.

According to a source, the staff in question was involved in distribution of hygiene materials in a camp.

Refugee Relief and Repatriation Commissioner (RRRC) based in Cox’s Bazar Mahbub Alam Talukder told Dhaka Tribune that his office is aware of the development and the necessary measures have been taken.       

“World Vision has learned that one of our Bangladeshi facilitators was exposed this week to a family member diagnosed with Covid-19. The staff person is not ill at this time,” said a statement by the NGO.

“We are deeply concerned for our colleague who is now in quarantine at home for the next 15 days on paid sick leave. We are supporting this team member by phone to ensure that all government of Bangladesh Covid-19 prevention and containment guidelines are being strictly followed,” it added.

“We ask that members of the community and the media respect the family’s need for confidentiality and privacy at this time,” it said.

“As always, our priority is to protect the health and safety of our staff members, the local community and the beneficiaries we serve. World Vision has been in touch with local officials and is complying 100% with their leadership and guidance on this matter,”the statement added.

“We are advising any personnel who may have had contact with the exposed staff member to self-quarantine for the next 15 days. As an extra precaution, we are closing our Ukhiya office today (Thursday) and restricting the movement of some of our teams,” it said.

“We are aware of the matter. The World Vision staff used to work in camp-15,” saidRRRC Mahbub.

“The person was withdrawn from duty as soon the matter came to our notice. The camp-in-charge has been instructed to take measures in accordance with our guidelines,” he added.

As of Thursday, Bangladesh has reported 120 deaths and 3,772 cases of Covid-19.

The fast spreading coronavirus, which was first reported in China’s Wuhan, has claimed more than184,230 lives and infected more than 2,638,000 people globally, according to Worldometer.

As many as 721,734 people have recovered from Covid-19, which has spread to 210 countries andterritories across the planet.