Catholic hospitals help Indonesia quake victims

Paramedics treat a child injured in the Lombok earthquake (CNS/Beawiharta, Reuters)

Catholic hospitals in Indonesia have sent medical teams to treat people injured by the earthquake that struck the island of Lombok on Sunday. Source: Crux.

Indonesia’s disaster management agency said yesterday the death toll stood at 131 but is expected to rise, news.com.au reports. Nearly 2500 people have been hospitalised with serious injuries and more than 156,000 people are displaced due to the extensive damage to homes.

In the Gili Islands, an archipelago popular among backpackers, an estimated 2,000 or more people were being evacuated after spending a nerve-wracking night camped atop a mountain.

“Medical workers are really needed right now to treat the victims,” Sr Paulina, a member of the Congregation of Missionary Sisters Servants of the Holy Spirit and spokeswoman for St Anthony Catholic Hospital in the provincial capital of Mataram, told ucanews.com.

She said the hospital had treated more than a dozen victims.

“We placed them in the hospital’s parking area as the situation was unpredictable, aftershocks continued to happen,” Sr Paulina said. “This morning we took them to the hospital’s treatment rooms.”

Sr Paulina said the hospital sent a team of nurses to the government-run hospital in West Nusa Tenggara province to provide further assistance and make sure those seeking refuge have temporary shelter.

“Many volunteers have contacted me and asked if we need any help. I told them that medical teams are what I need the most. I need orthopedics and neurologists,” she said.

The Catholic hospital is working with St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Hospital in Surabaya, East Java province, she added.

Dr Agung Kurniawan Saputra, who works at the Surabaya hospital, said three nurses were sent to St Anthony Hospital a day after the quake and they will remain in Lombok for at least a week.

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