INGO Forum in Eye Health and International Agency for Prevention of Blindness (IAPB) organised a ‘Consultative Meeting on Eye Health Situation in Cox’s Bazar: Focusing FDMNS and Host Community, on Tuesday to strengthen Eye Care services for FDMNs and host community in Cox’s Bazar.
The Meeting was held at Carnival Hall of Sayeman Beach Resort in Cox’s Bazar inaugurated by Md Sirazul Islam, Chief Coordinator, Strengthening Health Interventions for FDMNs, and Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) and Former Secretary of Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Bangladesh government.
Among others, Prof. Dr Forhad Hossain, Head of Pediatric Department, National Institute of Ophthalmology & Hospital and Prof Dr.Saifuddin Ahmed, Director, Sheikh Fazilatunnesa Mujib Eye Hospital & Training Institute, Gopalgonj, Dr. Mohiuddin Mohammad Alamgir, Acting Civil Surgeon, Prof. Dr. Subas Chandra Saha, Principal and Professor (Pediatrics) Cox’s Bazar Medical College, Dr. Abdul Mannan, Upazila Health & Family Welfare Officer, Ukhiya of Cox’s Bazar and Dr. Munir Ahmed, Country Director, Orbis International Bangladesh as well as representatives from DGHS, Office of Refugee Relief and Repatriation Commissioner’s (RRRC), WHO, BRAC, ICCDRB, CBBSH, Gono Shasthay Kendra, Community Eye Hospital, UNICEF, Orbis, IOM, Fred Hollows, UNCHR, Help Age International, OBAT Helpers, MSF, Friendship, Handicap International, Save the Children, MOAS, Red Crescent, CDD and Relief International.
Following the speech on objectives of the meeting by Dr. Munir Ahmed, Country Director, Orbis International, Dr. Jerry Vincent, Consultant of SEVA Foundation presented on Exploring the Needs and Gaps for Comprehensive Eye Health Situation Analysis of Cox’s Bazar.
In his presentation, he identified the existing lacking of current eye care data and services of different organisations and recommended for collaborative effort to strengthen the service for FDMNs and host community.
Participants gave their feedback on the contents of meeting and placed a number of recommendations for a comprehensive eye care service to FDMNs and host community in Cox’s Bazar.
The recommendations are: (1) develop collaborative effort to coordinate eye care services in Cox’s Bazar including FDMNs and host community (2) setup up primary eye care service center in Ukhiya and Teknaf that will be considered as referral point (3) train ophthalmologists, medical persons and other health workers of different organizations working in the camp, who will be able to screen eye problems and refer as needed (4) develop human resources in eye care (5)Form a coordination committee in eye care (6) develop a strong referral system among stakeholders to ensure eye care service (7) develop a comprehensive district eye care plan and monitoring mechanism
In order to further push forward the recommendations, high-ranking government officials will raise ideas to improve the working efficiency of the working group, including enhancing the capacity of the eye care unit of Cox’s Bazar Sadar Hospital and Cox’s Bazar Baitush Sharaf Hospital to ensure quality eye care service.
The participants expressed the need of sharing the situation analysis report for the next step supported by the DGHS and INGO forum in eye health.