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Jakarta Post

Mental illness patients die of diarrhea and malnutrition

  • Triwik Kurniasari


JAKARTA   /   Sat, May 23 2009   /  01:24 pm

There was not much of an outcry about it; for six months three people every four days died from diarrhea and malnutrition at shelters for mentally ill people in the capital. No fuss was made until the city administration received a report from an agency about the staggering numbers. Recent data from the Jakarta social agency revealed that 181 people died between October 2008 and May 22, 2009, at four shelters in Daan Mogot and Cengkareng, both in West Jakarta, and Cipayung and Ceger, in East Jakarta. Effendi Anas, the city's assistant for people's welfare, said Friday their deaths resulted from diarrhea and malnutrition. "I received a report from the health agency that patients who were ill were treated at Duren Sawit Hospital *in East Jakarta*, which is the reference hospital for patients in the shelters," he said. Health agency head Dien Emawati said there had...