At least six children died of malaria and 1500 others were affected in the last few days at 11 villages under bordering Thanchi upazilla.
The villages are Thoicha Kyang Para, Naidari Para, Jinna Para, Roy Bahadur Para, Aungsa Kyang Para, ChingThoai Aung Headman Para, Shotyomoni Para, Choto Madok, Boro Madok, Dalian Headman Para, and Aolsen Para.
The deceased were identified as Krai Saing Prue Marma, 9, daughter of Aung Shai Thoai Marma of Ching Thoai Aung Headman Para,U Thoai Prue Marma, 5,son of Thoainu Prue Marma of Aung Thoai Prue Karbari Para, Biren Tripura, 8, Jyotirmoy Tripura,12, and Jagatjyothi Tripura,15, of Shotyomoni Para, said family sources.
“My eight-year-old daughter U Kya Nu Marma died on the way to Bandarban Sadar Hospital on Wednesday afternoon as no doctors were available at the upazila health complex”, lamented Thoaing Cha Ching Marma, father of the deceased.
“Malaria affected people of the area are facing untold sufferings due to shortage of doctors and staffs at the health complex,” Kya Hla Ching Marma, chairman of Thanchi upazilla parishad.
More than 10 people died of the disease without proper treatment but we could not contact with all of them as the affected areas are far away from here, he said.
Health department sources said, children and women were the worst affected. At least eight people died of malaria in the remote area over the last few weeks, they said.
Fu Myau Marma, health assistant at the upazila health complex, said over 50 malaria affected people had to return home without treatment everyday due to shortage of doctors, nurses and other staffs.
Local people said the killer disease was also spreading rapidly in Thanchi, Ruma and Lama upazillas, creating panic among the villagers.
They urged the government to send doctors and supply necessary medicines to combat the spread of the disease.
Contacted, civil surgeon Dr Maung Te Zaw said the doctors of the district do not want to stay in the remote areas.
“Necessary measures will be taken immediately to improve the situation in the malaria affected areas.” he said.