President reviews medical treatment of Cianjur quake survivors

President reviews medical treatment of Cianjur quake survivors

President Joko Widodo during a visit to a local general hospital in Cianjur district, West Java, on Thursday (November 24, 2022). ANTARA/Devi Nindy

I think that the (patient) handling here is good
Cianjur, W Java (ANTARA) - President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) reviewed the medical treatment of earthquake survivors in West Java's Cianjur district while visiting a local general hospital on Thursday.

Only 24 out of the 741 earthquake survivors admitted to the hospital are currently receiving medical treatment because some have been discharged and referred to other hospitals, he said.

They have been referred to hospitals in Bandung and Jakarta for serious injuries, he informed.

"I think that the (patient) handling here is good. The seriously injured patients have been referred to other hospitals and the recovered patients have been allowed to return home," he added.

The most important measure in the disaster emergency response in Cianjur is rescuing and evacuating victims, the head of state said.

He urged volunteers to evacuate 39 victims who are still buried in Cijedil, Cugenang sub-district, soon before the rain starts to fall.

"I order an effort (to retrieve them) before the rain falls. May they all be retrieved. Thereafter, we can concentrate on rehabilitation efforts because it seems that (the intensity of) the earthquake has begun to ease," he said.

The National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) reported that the death toll from the November 21, 2022, earthquake rose to 271 on Wednesday from 268 the day before.

According to the Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG), the epicenter of the 5.6-magnitude earthquake was located 10 kilometers southwest of Cianjur district at a depth of 10 km. However, no tsunami warning was issued.

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