DHAKA, Bangladesh

Charity organization Save the Children made an urgent appeal Tuesday for international assistance to help Bangladesh avert a potential humanitarian disaster, citing a surge in demand for ventilators to combat the novel coronavirus. 

Bangladesh has less than 2,000 ventilators for a population of 165 million people and there are no ventilators in southeastern Cox’s Bazar District, home to more than three million, including one million Rohingya refugees, it said in a statement.

Most of the country’s intensive care beds and ventilators are in major urban centers including the capital Dhaka, making it difficult for remote communities to access

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