Malaysian Army to deploy field hospital for Rohingya refugees

Malaysian Army to deploy field hospital for Rohingya refugees

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Subang: The Malaysian Army will deploy its field hospital to assist Rohingya refugees fleeing persecution in Myanmar to Bangladesh.Armed Forces chief General Tan Sri Raja Mohamed Affandi Raja Mohamed Noor said the field hospital was ready to move at a moment’s notice.
“The facilities available at the field hospital include surgical theatres and other related facilities. The field hospital will also have beds for at least 100 people,” he said.
Raja Affandi said the field hospital was manned by experienced medical officers who had served in challenging environments in many countries.
He was speaking to reporters after accompanying Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak in sending off a humanitarian mission to aid Rohingya refugees via Bangladesh this afternoon at the Subang air base.
The mission, which comprised 12 personnel from the Armed Forces and Ministry of Defence (Mindef) and a volunteer from 1Malaysia For Youth (iM4U), would deliver 12 tonnes of goods consisting of canned food, rice, biscuits, milk powder, hygiene products and water purification tablets directly to the Rohingyas seeking refuge there.
Raja Affandi noted that a team from the army which would arrive in Dhaka tonight will discuss with the local authorities there on how to make the humanitarian mission more effective.
“We will assess the form of assistance needed, based on the situation there,” he said.
Around 270,000 Rohingyas have fled since Aug 25 when militant attacks by the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army on police outposts sent unrest churning through the northern Rakhine state in Myanmar.
The Rohingyas arrived in Bangladesh hungry and exhausted, squeezing into already overcrowded refugee camps. – EIN News Desk

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