Quake survivors immunised, hospitals get relief
INDONESIA: Indonesian authorities started to immunise thousands of
earthquake survivors against measles on Wednesday and helicopters swept
the devastated region on Java island to check for isolated victims.
Indonesia Health Minister Siti Fadillah Supari said the government
was also evacuating patients from hospitals in the immediate area to
more distant cities to relieve overcrowding.
"For now (the hospitals) are starting to get tidy and we have
penetrated isolated areas using mobile clinics ... helicopters dispatch
food while airlifting the patients. The supply of medicine is also
flowing," she told Reuters.
"Today we are continuing to comb (the region) to make sure there are
no untouched areas." The death toll from Saturday's quake had reached
5,846 as of Wednesday and around 130,000 were listed as homeless.
So far there are no signs of any outbreaks of disease, but medicines
were being sent to affected areas to prevent diseases such as measles
Around the Bantul area hardest hit by the quake, entire villages were
destroyed, homes reduced to piles of wood, tiles and tin, and survivors
used whatever they could find to construct makeshift tents.
Dozens of countries ranging from Japan and the United States to Saudi
Arabia and the United Arab Emirates have pledged cash, emergency
supplies and personnel, and U.N. agencies and private international
organisations like the Red Cross began moving aid in shortly after
Saturday morning's quake. Bantul, Wednesday, Reuters.