The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has started distributing food to the most vulnerable families in the Cox’s Bazar district impacted by shutdowns due to COVID-19. Alongside making changes in the food distribution process in the Rohingya camps to mitigate the risk of Covid-19, WFP is working with local government authorities to provide support to the host communities of Cox’s Bazar as needed.
As well as providing food to vulnerable households, WFP is also supplying food to patients in the government and humanitarian-managed quarantine and isolation facilities in Cox’s Bazar, says a press release.
This includes dry food rations for up to 1,500 patients to the isolation facilities and hot meals to up-to 3,000 people in the Government quarantine centre. These distributions are complementing ongoing food assistance provided by the government including in Cox’s Bazar.
“It is great that WFP stands together in solidarity with the people of Cox's Bazar during this critical time of the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak,” said MD Kamal Hossain, Deputy Commissioner for Cox’s Bazar.
“At WFP, we always believe that a collective effort is the key to dealing with a crisis like the spread of Covid-19,” said Richard Ragan, WFP Representative to Bangladesh.
The distributions began this week and will continue on a monthly basis. As more funding becomes available, WFP will be able to reach more people with further assistance including unconditional cash transfers.