WHO: Refugees are most vulnerable when it comes to availing healthcare facilities

The major causes of morbidity and mortality among refugees are measles, diarrhoeal diseases, acute respiratory infections, malaria and malnutrition, according to the World Heath Organization (WHO). There are many mental health issues, which remain untouched, even though every refuge is suffering from it

WHO: Refugees are most vulnerable when it comes to availing health care facilities

The refugee crisis is the burning issue that is debated in all national and international conferences. While political, militaristic and economic solutions are prescribed during these talks, there are no sufficient solutions and talks on health of refuges.

To mark the occasion of World Refugee Day on Wednesday, World Health Organization (WHO) and United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR), have underlined health issues of refugees.

The refugees have suffered from a lot of emotional turmoil. The mental agony causes constant psychological burden. When restoring their dignity is difficult task, they are demanding for dressing their wounds.

In one of the tweets by WHO, it is mentioned that, ‘The right to health is tied to the key principle o non-discrimination, for locals, refugees and migrants alike. Together we need to protect the rights of refugees, including their right to health.’

When WHO is vocal to protect right to health of these refugees there are many refugees who die because health care services are unreachable to them. The United Nations estimate that more than 68 million people around the world are refugees or internally displaced as a result of conflict or persecution.  That is equivalent to the population of the world’s twentieth largest country.

Among the communicable diseases, TB, Hepatitis B and sexually transmitted infections are putting refugees for the great risk of morbidity. Contaminated water and poor hygienic conditions in camps making them prone to diseases caused by poor hygienic conditions.

Malnutrition, anaemia and growth retardation is also seen in children. Women who have suffered abuse and children, who are not vaccinated, are carrying the burden of possible diseases that might encounter them in future. Those who have survived heavy bombshells have become physically handicapped.

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyes, Director-General of WHO, tweeted on Wednesday, which reads, “On World Refugee Day, let’s remember, health for all means just that. Nobody becomes refugee by choice. Refugees and migrants, just like all of us, have the right to health. WHO is proud to work with refugees, to serve the most vulnerable.”

Today, refugees are most vulnerable when it comes to availing health care facilities. When we say health for all, it means health for refugees also and it is global responsibility to ensure the same.