Turkiye provides sea ambulance for Rohingyas in Bhasan Char
Dhaka, Nov 25: The Turkish government has donated a sea ambulance to assist the Bangladesh government in ensuring emergency health care for Rohingyas forcibly displaced from Myanmar living in camps on Bhasan Char island in the Bay of Bengal.
The Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TIKA) said in a press release that the sea ambulance with the capacity of carrying two patients and 15 passengers has been handed over to the Bangladesh authorities by the Turkish Foreign Cooperation Agency. Turkish Ambassador to Bangladesh Ramis Sen, Bangladesh Disaster Management and Relief Ministry Secretary Kamrul Hasan, Tika Vice President Dr. Umit Nasi Yorulmaz and Refugee Relief and Repatriation Commissioner Mizanur Rahman were present at the handover ceremony.
The ambulance will be used to transport patients in need of urgent medical care from Bhasan Char, a 17 sq km island located 60 km from the mainland, to Noakhali or Chittagong.
TIKA, under the Turkish Ministry of Culture and Tourism, coordinates Turkey's official development assistance, humanitarian aid and cooperation programs in 150 countries around the world. TIKA started formal activities in Bangladesh in 2014 to strengthen bilateral relations and cooperation.