The 60-bed hospital, the size of two football fields, has three wards, an operating theater, delivery suite with maternity ward, psychosocial support, an outpatient department and an isolation unit.
“Families have spent weeks in appalling conditions since fleeing Rakhine,” said Finnish Red Cross’ Dr Pentti Haatanen, the chief medical officer at the hospital.
“We’re preparing to treat people with a whole spectrum of health issues from injuries sustained on the journey to complicated pregnancies.
“There is also a very real risk of a waterborne disease outbreak, like cholera. The hospital’s isolation unit will help us deal with this if the worst happens.”
The hospital, which is run by the Norwegian and Finnish Red Cross, will be staffed by national medical personnel, including 15 doctors and 30 midwives from the Bangladesh Red Crescent Society, and a 30-strong team of international staff.
“The facility is the first fully functioning hospital near the camps,” said Mozharul Huq, Secretary-General, Bangladesh Red Crescent Society. “It will support the work of Bangladesh Red Crescent mobile medical teams and other clinics, which will now be able refer more complicated cases to the specialized hospital.”