by Brad Stewart
The team had another busy, successful day today. We left early to investigate some new information on where we thought DRG could add value, however this wasn’t the case – the camp was well established and had easy access to the main Cox’s Bazar-Teknaf road.
We decided to return to the camp we worked in yesterday as we knew there were many patients that we couldn’t care for the previous day due to the massive numbers.
Our clinic location was occupied overnight so the team improvised with tarps over bamboo to build a temporary clinic. Once again we were flooded with patients before we had even setup, and we required a strict crowd control system to prevent our workspace being overrun.
The desperation in these people can not be described in words.
Many of the presentations were similar to yesterday- gun shot wounds, machete wounds, fever, vomiting, diarrhoea, malnutrition, skin infections and malaise.
Notable cases today were yet another underweight 10-day old baby girl born in the camp and unable to feed since birth, a 17 year-old girl with suspected acute hepatitis and a run of older men and women severely weak and collapsing at the clinic.
We were interviewed by a New York Times journalist and we used this opportunity to promote the medical needs of the neglected Thaingkali Khal refugee camp. We transported three patients to the MSF hospital at the end of the day.
Tomorrow’s plan depends on information gained overnight- it is likely we will investigate the Shahporir Dwip area in the far south.