AMDA Emergency Bulletin II: ER for Earthquake in Western Java, Indonesia
On 6th Sept. '09, loaded with relief goods and medical consumptions, the team from AMDA Indonesia (two doctors and one nurse) left for the affected area via Bandung where they had briefing and assessment needed for further initiative. The team then chose Cianjur as its target location as there were many victims in the area.
In the morning of 7th Sept., the team arrived in Cianjur and met with the regional department of health and IDI Cianjur. The team rented a car to reach the most devastated villages, Cikangkareng and Pamoyanan, as they were approximately 100km (seven-hour distance) from the capital.
At the refugee camp:
The refugee camp was divided into two areas; Cikangkareng and Pamoyanan. The situation was already calm but occasional afterquake was still occuring. While many people died and hundreds of buildings were destroyed, about 350 volunteers were engaged in helping the survivors. Dead bodies were still waiting to be recovered as many of them still buried under the ground. The emergency phase was said to have passed, however, the volunteers are expected to carry out emergency relief in case of any possible disaster.
AMDA team provided medical supplies and gave medical treatment at the camp. The team also did post traumatic therapies for the children. As the team went around the area, they also gave food supplies to the victims.
Overall the team had treated 134 patients (60 male and 40 female, 34 children) with acute respiratory infections (31 patients), wounds (2), dermatitis (4), gastrointestinal tract diseases (16), cephalgia (22) and hypertension (10). The rest of 49 patients had arthritis, conjunctivit, gingivitis etc.
The team completed its mission on 9th Sept. '09 and withdrew from the area.