Lombok quake evacuees begin to develop diarrhea, respiratory infection

W Lombok, W Nusa Tenggara, (ANTARA News) – Earthquake evacuees in West Lombok district have begun to develop symptoms of such diseases as diarrhea, acute upper respiratory tract infection, and itchiness over their body, a doctor said.

“We handle some 100 evacuees per day in the evacuation command post,” dr Basirun said in the evacuation command post at Guntur Macan village, West Lombok district on Thursday.

Most of the evacuees complained about diarrhea, acute upper respiratory tract infection, and itchiness over their body, he said.

“The cause of the diseases is poor sanitation and dusty air. Hence, many residents, from children to adults, have suffered from the diseases,” he said.

However, he added the number of evacuees treated at the command post for the diseases has gradually declined in the past few days compared to more than 100 in the early days of post-quake health care operations.

But despite the decline, he said medical workers will continue to monitor the evacuees health so the number of evacuees treated for the diseases will not increase. “This is because they will still stay in the evacuee camps for a quite long time,” he said.

A total of 2,816 residents are sheltered in evacuee camps at Guntur Macan village in West Lombok district.

Source: ANTARA News