The total number of patients asking for treatment on the second day was 452 people.
Jakarta (ANTARA) - The Indonesian medical team sent to assist in the mitigation of the recent flash floods in a number of regions in Pakistan has begun treating refugees, who are mostly suffering from dermatitis and fever.

There was an increase in the number of refugees seeking treatment on Wednesday (October 12, 2022), the second day of the provision of the service, director for victims and refugees handling facilitation at the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) Yusrizal said in a statement released on Friday.

"The total number of patients asking for treatment on the second day was 452 people," he informed.

A total of 329 patients came from the Jhuddo city refugee camp, while the rest were from Katmir Jan Muhammad.

The Indonesian medical team was divided into two groups. The first group was stationed at a health post at the Jhuddo city refugee camp, where a large population of the affected people took shelter.

Meanwhile, the second was a mobile team that visited residents in Katmir Jan Muhammad.

Yusrizal informed that the number of dermatitis and fever cases was recorded at 85 each.

Other diseases the refugees suffered from included acute respiratory infection (80 cases), dyspepsia (54 cases), myalgia (44 cases), cephalgia (20 cases), hypertension (12 cases), conjunctivitis (12 cases), as well as diabetes mellitus (8 cases).

In performing their service, the team was assisted by medical workers from the Health Office of Mirpur Khas district. Furthermore, the local security authorities also safeguarded the Indonesian medical personnel.

During the two days of service on October 11 and 12, 705 refugees sought treatment, as per the team’s records.

In addition to the residents who sought treatment, the medical team also conducted examinations of pregnant women.

"There were 26 pregnant women (who) visited (the health team) on Wednesday (October 12) or 5.8 percent (of the total visits)," the BNPB official said.

The medical team also disseminated information on the importance of healthy living, especially while staying in the refugee camps, to residents.

The Indonesian medical team will be in Mirpur Khas district for two weeks. Later, they will move to provide medical assistance in Malir district. The two districts are located in Sindh province, Pakistan.

The medical team, consisting of 29 personnel, reached Pakistan on October 7.

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