AMDA Emergency Bulletin IV: Emergency Relief for Sumatra Earthquake
For the victims of the recent earthquake in Indonesia, AMDA is currently engaged in mobile clinic in the district of Pariamang in Western Sumatra. Current team (since Oct.5th) comprises a second party of medical personnel from AMDA Headquarters (Japan), AMDA Indonesia and a local NGO.
In the morning of Oct.8th, the team visited the villages of Toboro and Rawan, treating 130 patients in total. The team refilled medical goods on the following day, and visited the village of Koto Sungai on Oct. 10th where they saw 89 patients. Maladies such as posttraumatic stress disorder and acute upper respiratory inflammation were commonly seen that were likely caused by the lack of shelters. In addition, many of the patients were suffering from chronic diseases they have originally had.
According to our local report, injury cases were not as high despite a number of people being crushed to death by collapsed buildings. The demand for emergency medical relief is rapidly shrinking, hence further continuation of relief activities will be judged upon the changing local needs.