Md.Alamgir Chowdhury, CBN:
The risk of spreading HIV aids in the country is increasing day by day because 97 Rohingyas have been identified as HIV-infected patients so far.
It is assumed that four thousand Rohingyas may have been contaminated with HIVaids virus. Many Rohingya victims of HIV aids have taken refuge in certain camps and some of them took shelter in different places including Cox’s Bazar and Chittagong.
Rohingya women are being used as sex workers in various hotels, motels, guest houses and residential buildings in Cox’s Bazar by the unscrupulous quarter.Rohingya women are also under obligation to do that because of poverty.In this situation, the HIV aids virus is spreading across the country alarmingly
Rohingyas who fled from Myanmar are getting shelter in Ukhia and Kutupalang of Cox’s Bazar with the help of the administration. But some of the Rohingyas are taking shelter outside the camps without registration or giving information to the authority.
They have rented houses in Chittagong and Cox’s Bazar districts.Furthermore; they are taking shelter in relative’s house that has been staying in Bangladesh for a long time. Old Rohingyas are also greatly involved in various illegal and immoral activities by managing local influential people.Police arrested the Rohingyas from Ukhia, Teknaf and several areas in Cox’s Bazar and sent them back to the camp.
On the condition of anonymity, Cox’sbazar Sadar Hospital officials said, “There are around 350 hotels, motels, guest houses and cottages in Cox’sBazar. The Rohingya women who fled from Myanmar are being forced to work as sex workers in these hotel-motels.There are also AIDS carriers among them. AIDS can spread rapidly through physical contact with tourists and hotel-motel workers.AIDS is spreading across the country in this way.
He said” it is almost impossible to control AIDS if this huge population is not confined inside selected area right now”.
An official of the private development agency, who is reluctant to disclose his name said” Physical relation of tourist and local people with infected Rohingyas is the major reason for spreading HIV dreadfully.