A day-long free medical camp has been organized in Gabura, one of the worst vulnerable coastal unions affected by climate change. Union Climate Resilient Forum organized the free medical camp on February 26 (Sunday) at 10 am in 173 no. Sora Government Primary School cum Cyclone Shelter of Gabura Union under Shyamnagar Upazila. The free medical camp was jointly implemented by LEDARS and Friendship Hospital.

The director of Shyamnagar Friendship Hospital, Dr. Lt. Col. (retd.) Md. Mozammel Haque, delivered a welcome speech at the free medical camp. The camp was inaugurated by LEDARS’ project coordinator G. M. Mosharaf Hossain. Gabura Union Climate Resilient Forum Secretary Md Amjad Hossain, LEDARS’ Monitoring Officer Ranajit Kumar Mondal, Friendship Hospital Coordinator Shaheen Ahmed, LEDARS’ Advocacy Officer Poritosh Kumar Baidya, Friendship Hospital Dr. Shahriar Hasan, Dr. Shanzana Parveen, DSF (Eye) were also present.

Coastal disasters are increasing day by day due to climate change. Salinity has also increased. Unemployment has increased due to decline in agricultural production. There is a shortage of fresh water. Due to the increase in salinity, various diseases including uterus in women on the coast have increased more than before. Many of the effects of climate change on Bangladesh are present in the coastal union of Gabura.

Due to the inadequacy of health services in this coastal union, the upazila health complex being far away and the communication system being underdeveloped, most of the women, children and the elderly fail to access health care service easily. LEDARS and Friendship Hospital have taken the initiative to organize free medical camp to ensure the health services of these vulnerable people and accelerate the development of the government. Around 400 patients have been given free medicine in this medical camp. Benefitted women greatly appreciated the camp and requested to provide this type of health service continuously.