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Jakarta: Meeting Post-Flood Health Needs

Contact: Plan International media office, + (44) 1483 733 285

 

JAKARTA, Mar. 5 /Standard Newswire/ -- Almost one month has passed since massive flooding in the Indonesian capital Jakarta destroyed homes, schools and businesses - displacing thousands of children and their families.

 

Photo: Children receiving an emergency relief package from Plan

 

Although the floodwaters have receded, the threats they brought have not: cases of dengue fever and diarrhea have been on the rise in the last few weeks.

 

As of 27 February, the Indonesian Ministry of Health reported that 27 hospitals are taking care of 345 dengue fever patients, 428 diarrhea patients and others.

 

Plan's emergency response

In addition to immediately assembling and distributing 3,750 emergency relief packages to families, Plan also began immediate coordination with the Indonesian Red Crescent to establish health posts and provide health services to children and their families.

 

Over the last two weeks, nearly 150 people every day have benefited from services at the health posts. Staffed by doctors, nurses and pharmacists, the health posts have helped children and adults recover from post-flood diseases – including upper respiratory tract infections, skin rash, cold, fever and diarrhea.

 

Plan is also purchasing school equipment for students in the ten most flood-affected schools (mostly elementary schools). Items include books, pencils, pens, schools bags.