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Centre for Research and Information (CRI) hosted the live discussion session titled ‘Let’s Talk on Rohingya Response and Covid-19’ on Sunday

Speakers at a virtual discussion lauded the government’s early planning and joint efforts with the United Nations (UN) and humanitarian partners to limit the transmission of coronavirus in the congested Rohingya camps, saying that this story must be heard globally.

They vowed to continue working together to keep Rohingya people and the host community safe and protected, reports UNB.

Centre for Research and Information (CRI) hosted the live discussion session titled ‘Let’s Talk on Rohingya Response and Covid-19’ on Sunday.

Foreign Secretary Masud Bin Momen, UNHCR Representative in Bangladesh Steven Corliss, Refugee Relief and Repatriation Commissioner Mahbub Alam Talukder, Medical Officer and IPC focal for Leda ITC Sumaya Tasnim, and Rohingya representative Jane Alam took part in the discussion moderated by Showvik Das Tamal.

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Corliss highly appreciated the government and the Refugee Relief and Repatriation Commissioner (RRRC) for taking decisive actions with the support from the partners in limiting people inside and outside the camps, and thus controlling transmission of the virus.

He appreciated joint efforts in scaling up the health response and facilities for both Rohingyas and the host community.

“Covid-19 has increased humanitarian needs,” said the UNHCR representative, adding that they are making the best use of funds reducing their own cost.

He, however, said they should not be complacent with the progress, noting that they have to improve testing capacity gradually ensuring facilities for the Rohingyas and the host community.

“Despite constraints, we have managed Cox’s Bazar quite well. This is a good story and must be shared globally,” Foreign Secretary Masud Momen said, describing the Covid-19 scenario in various parts of the world.

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