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Diseases strike West Sumatra quake survivors PADANG - Survivors of a severe earthquake that struck Indonesia's West Sumatra province have developed illnesses caused by poor living conditions, say medical workers, while shelter and food remain key concerns almost two weeks after the disaster.

In Padang Pariaman district, one of the areas hardest hit by the 30 September earthquake, survivors have contracted respiratory infections, and suffered diarrhoea and skin problems, said Werrizal Amsir, medical coordinator for the local Ibu Foundation aid group. And in the Kotobaru village of the Padang Sagoe subdistrict, many residents were infected with conjunctivitis (or pink eye), said Amsir.

"We have treated more than 1,500 with various post-disaster diseases. Many of the survivors slept in the open so they were exposed to dust, heat and poor hygiene," Amsir told IRIN. Amsir, a doctor, said his team of 14 volunteers was trying to access remote areas that had received little or no aid.

With shelter a priority, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) warned that thousands of people who had lost their homes and belongings needed medical attention. "Many people now live in the open … in poor hygiene conditions and have little access to clean water," said Loreto Barceló, a doctor with MSF, in a statement on 9 October. "We can expect many respiratory tract infections, diarrhoea, and other pathologies that result from these poor living conditions," he said.


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