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Indonesian doctors performing ‘duty of brotherhood’ in quake-hit Türkiye

Zainab Aqila, who studied medicine in Türkiye, treats erathquake victims in Hatay province

Abdullah Dogan  | 26.02.2023 - Update : 26.02.2023
Indonesian doctors performing ‘duty of brotherhood’ in quake-hit Türkiye

HATAY, Türkiye

Indonesian doctors are treating quake victims in a field hospital established by Indonesia in Türkiye’s southern Hatay province, which was affected by twin earthquakes on Feb. 6.

Zainab Aqila, who studied medicine in Gaziantep province between 2013-2019, considers Türkiye as her second home.

Aqila came to the Hassa district with her medical team to show solidarity with the Turkish people.

“There are a lot of upper respiratory tract complaints. There are also a lot of trauma cases due to earthquakes. Türkiye is my second hometown,” Aqila told Anadolu.

Stressing that her anxiety increased as she could not hear from her friends in Türkiye, she said she wanted to come to the quake zone as soon as possible.

Corona Rintawan, another doctor at the field hospital, said they serve with a team of 105 people.

“Helping Türkiye is a duty of brotherhood,” he said, adding that they have treated 2,400 patients in the field hospital so far.

At least 44,218 people have been killed by two strong earthquakes that jolted southern Türkiye on Feb. 6.

The 7.7 and 7.6 magnitude earthquakes, centered in the Kahramanmaras province, affected more than 13 million people across 11 provinces, including Adana, Adiyaman, Diyarbakir, Gaziantep, Hatay, Kilis, Malatya, Osmaniye, Elazig and Sanliurfa.

* Writing by Gozde Bayar

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