ACT’s Humanity Medical Services Continues Assisting Semeru Eruption Survivors

In January 2022, Aksi Cepat Tanggap’s Humanity Medical Services’ free medical assistance for the survivors of the Mount Merapi eruption continues. Many of the patients suffer from illnesses such as upper respiratory tract infection (URTI), diarrhea, cough, runny nose, and hypertension.

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The HMS – ACT team medically treats residents of Kajar Kosong Hamlet. (ACTNews)

ACTNews, LUMAJANG – Residents of Kajar Kosong Hamlet, Sumberwuluh Village, Candipuro District, Lumajang Regency, complained of upper respiratory tract infection (URTI), diarrhea, cough, runny nose, hypertension, myalgia, and coughs Saturday (1/1/2022). From this hamlet, as many as 57 families were affected by the Semeru eruption.

Melza from Aksi Cepat Tanggap (ACT)'s Humanity Medical Services (HMS) team explained that most of the residents also suffered from itching, shortness of breath, and coughing caused by the volcanic ash.

The HMS - ACT team had to walk one kilometer across the bridge and up the hill to get to Kajar Kosong Hamlet that is located on the bank of a river. The residential houses are not concentrated in one point but spread over the hills.

“Many residents fled to the top of the hill, erected tarpaulins tents, or stayed in their relatives’ houses. We, the medical team, had to walk because vehicles cannot reach the houses due to its difficult terrain," said Melza.

When the HMS team arrived, the residents were very happy because they can finally get medical treatments for their illnesses. []