7 Dec 2004

Health workers in a district of Indonesia's Papua have run out of medical supplies after earthquake

8:19 pm on 7 December 2004

Health workers in the Indonesian province of Papua say they urgently need more medical supplies to deal with disease outbreaks after a series of earthquakes that killed 32 people in the Nabire area.

Nabire Hospital's head doctor, Pieter Poddala, says hospitals in the area are running low on specialized drugs to treat malaria, flu and chronic diarrhoea.

He says the hospital treated more than 2000 people for such ailments last week.

The earthquakes, which began November 25, have destroyed hundreds of buildings, and caused many Papuans to flee their homes.