ACT Medical Volunteers Provide Health Services for Rohingya Refugees

Aksi Cepat Tanggap medical team provided free medical services at the former Immigration Office at Blang Mangat District, Lhokseumawe, Saturday (7/2). ACT’s Pre-Hospital Ambulance supported the provision of medical care for the Rohingyas.

Julia Pitri, an MRI-ACT medical volunteer in Lhokseumawe City, explaining the dosage of the cough syrup that she was giving to Ziabur Rahman (second from left) and Sohail (far left), a Rohingya child seeking medical treatments at ACT’s medical post. (ACTNews / Gina Mardani)

ACTNews, LHOKSEUMAWE – A Masyarakat Relawan Indonesia (MRI) – Aksi Cepat Tanggap (ACT) Lhokseumawe volunteering medic, Julia Pitri, was explaining in detail the dosage of the cough medicines that she was giving. Using short sentences, she was talking to two Rohingyas, Sohail (10) and Ziabur Rahman, who was acting as the translator. "Shake the bottle before taking the cough syrup, and mix it with water. Take it after eating," said Julia, shaking the bottle.

Julia hoped that Sohail's parents were present, hoping to be able to explain the dosage of the medicine to them. However, Sohail came to the medical clinic by himself. He was among the Rohingyas stranded in North Aceh, but he arrived without his parents. Julia then wrote the dosage on the box of the cough syrup: 3x1.

"Please help monitor his medications, sir," Julia said, handing Sohail's medicine to Ziabur Rahman.

Sohail was one of the Rohingya refugee children who came to ACT’s clinic on Saturday (7/4). Dr. Separta Graha, one of the volunteering doctors, said that some of the children were still exhausted, and many of them were having coughs caused by the environmental conditions.


ACT Medical Team monitoring the body temperature of the Rohingya refugees. (ACTNews / Gina Mardani)

Not only the children, Dr. Separta added, but the adults were also suffering from exhaustion. "We told the refugees to get enough rest, drink water, and eat well," said the doctor from the Indonesian Red Cross hospital.

Melza, one of ACT’s medical volunteers, explained that, to support the provision of medical services, ACT involves its Pre-Hospital Ambulance that came all the way from Jakarta with three other humanitarian vehicles. ACT’s Pre-Hospital Ambulance is considered to have adequate facilities such as oxygen cylinders, ventilators, electrocardiogram machines, suction machines, and other supporting equipment.

"ACT’s Pre-Hospital ambulance is also sterile and suitable for performing minor surgeries. The ambulance is also equipped with surgical lights and CCTV to monitor the treatment by the medical volunteers inside the ambulance, "Melza explained.

ACT also works with volunteering doctors and nurses in North Aceh and Lhokseumawe City. "We have also brought medicines from Jakarta," continued the nurse who graduated from Andalas University.

The health of refugees is one of ACT’s main concerns as they arrived amid the COVID-19 pandemic. They immediately underwent rapid tests performed by the health authorities of Lhokseumawe City and North Aceh. []