Jakarta (ANTARA News) - Vice President Jusuf Kalla Tuesday paid an improptu visit to Koja General Hospital in North Jakarta to meet with diarrhea patients.
The vice president made the visit after officiating the operation of Jakarta Car Terminal on the premises of Tanjung Priok Harbor in North Jakarta.
In the 15-minute visit, Kalla was accompanied by Transportation Minister Jusman Syafii Djamal, State Enterprises Minister Sofyan Djalil, and Industry Minister Fahmi Idris.
Eight people have died of diarrhea at the hospital since Nov 21, the hospital`s spokesperson, Ni Wayan Ani P, said.
The dead patients had suffered heavy dehydration since they were rushed to the hospital, she said.
A total of 80 people, 72 of them children, were being treated for diarrhea at the hospital on Wednesday, she said.
This compared to 96 patients, 86 of them children, the day before, she added.