Others also shared their concern about reinfection and the toll it takes on their mental health.
”I received treatment from different healthcare centers. It gets better with time and medication. It's been happening to me like this for one year,” says Dil Nawas. ”I began to sleep during the daytime and became very anxious. I was able to meet a doctor at MSF who gave me medicines that helped me a lot. I am not as anxious anymore; I believe I will be fine,” says Dil Nawas.
In MSF’s Jamtoli and Hakimpara facility, six medical assistants work in the dedicated scabies treatment center. MSF has assessed that one Medical Assistant can see 100 patients daily. MSF’s medical team members who are directly in touch with patients witness their sufferings and sorrows.
“We cannot provide treatment for all our patients,” says Hafiza Akhter, an MSF Medical Assistant in our Jamtoli facility working with the scabies treatment team. “We redirect them to their nearby facility. If we could treat them all, we would feel much better. Scabies creates so much mental stress, too – people come from far away. Exhausted mothers with affected babies are desperate about their kids crying constantly. In addition to that and due to movement restrictions, they are stopped at different checkpoints on the way. I feel helpless when I deal with such patients.”.
Scabies treatment should be available in primary healthcare centers inside the camps
In challenging economic times and with so many crises vying for the world’s attention, the Rohingya refugee crisis is becoming what we call a “forgotten crisis”. This may make the whole situation even more dire. The response to the Rohingya refugee crisis is fragile, and any additional ‘shock’, such as a decrease in funding, could make the situation even more dire.