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Diarrhoea, asthma are new health concerns faced by Indonesia quake evacuees

2018-08-12 21:29
Mahsan endured an "extraordinary" pain for 24 hours after his foot was struck by fallen objects in the 6.9 magnitude quake that hit Indonesia's Lombok last week. Like many who live in remote village in northern Lombok where most of its medical facilities were also damaged, Mahsan was left feeling helpless and without treatment for a day. "The pain was extraordinary and the blood wouldn't stop," Mahsan, who goes by one name like many Indonesians, told Reuters on Saturday (August 11) six days after the quake in a makeshift hospital set up near his village. But medical practitioner warned that treating patients with fractured bones was just the beginning as other health issues like diarrhoea and asthma attacks have started to affect thousands of homeless evacuees now staying in relief camps. Due to poor sanitation and lack of clean water source, many evacuees, especially children have sought treatment for various illnesses. Medical teams are also concerned for people living in remote areas, who are not receiving proper treatment. At least 387 people have been killed in the powerful quake, latest data from disaster mitigation agency showed.