Materia Medica Malaysiana

May 30, 2006

Malaysian Mission To Build Temporary Hospital To Treat Victims

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BANTUL (Yogyakarta), May 29 (Bernama) — The Malaysian Humanitarian Mission will build a temporary hospital here to treat victims of Saturday's devastating earthquake.
Head of the mission, Supt Abdul Aziz Ahmad, said the hospital would be built by the Medical Corps of the Malaysian Armed Forces.
It would be completed within days once the construction materials arrived, he told Bernama Monday.
He said the mission members were now focused on search and rescue operations.
The mission is made up of 37 members of the Special Malaysia Assistance and Response Team (Smart), 10 military medical officers, 20 members of the Malaysian Red Crescent Society, 39 firemen, 30 policemen and five doctors from the Kuala Lumpur Hospital.
The death toll in the magnitude 6.2 earthquake rose to 5,135 this afternoon, up from 3,700 reported yesterday as more bodies were pulled out from the rubble. More than 200,000 have been left homeless.
The Malaysian mission is based in Bantul, about 20km from Yogyakarta.
In KUALA LUMPUR, non-governmental organisation (NGO) Global Peace Mission (GPM) said today it has sent a medical team to Yogyakarta while another NGO Yayasan Salam Malaysia (Salam) said it will send medical volunteers tomorrow.
The GPM team left this morning on the Royal Malaysian Air Force aircraft to Solo, which is near Yogyakarta where the airport was damaged by the earthquake.
The team took along RM300,000 worth of medical supplies donated mainly by Kotra Pharma (M) Sdn Bhd and Kampung Baru Medical Centre, said GPM president Datuk Dr Abdul Razak Kechik in a statement.
He said the team is led by GPM chief executive officer Fauwaz Hasbullah and includes Dr Hassan Mat, Dr Khalil Ramli, nurses Juwita Yatim and Dayana Omar, and a GPM volunteer.
They will be assisted by the Indonesian missionary body Dewan Dakwah Indonesia to identify the locations where they will provide assistance.
Anyone wishing to donate to GPM can do so through its bank accounts in Bank Islam Malaysia Berhad (No. 14-023-01-002922-4) and Maybank (No. 5642-2161-1602).
Meanwhile, Salam will send a team of eight volunteers comprising experts in emergency medical operation.
The team will operate a mobile clinic in the quake-hit area for 10 days, it said in a statement.
The public wishing to donate to Salam can do so through its account in Public Bank Bhd (No. 3072879302).

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