ACT’s Medical Services Benefit Scavengers in Cahaya Village

Aksi Cepat Tanggap (ACT)’s Humanity Medical Services (HMS) continue to provide free medical services for the underprivileged. Recently, a free clinic was held for the residents of Cahaya village most of whom work as scavengers.

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The HMS team treats underprivileged community in Cahaya Village by getting their health checked. (ACTNews)

ACTNews, SOUTH JAKARTA – After Ramadan, Aksi Cepat Tanggap (ACT) continues providing free medical services to the economically underprivileged through the Humanity Medical Services (HMS) program. On Friday (5/13/2022), the team held a free clinic for the residents of Cahaya Village in Setiabudi District, South Jakarta.

Dr. Alifa, M.D. from HMS – ACT said 80 percent of residents in Cahaya Village work as scavengers with uncertain income.

“They often walk to search for scraps that they collect in sacks. Some of them use carts to collect the scraps and used goods,” said Dr. Alifa.

Due to their uncertain income, they can barely afford medical services, making it their least prioritized need.

“When they are sick, they rely on over-the-counter medications that they can get at small shops. They only go to see a doctor or to the hospital when their diseases get so severe. Hence, the health of the underprivileged communities needs to be our attention,” added Dr. Alifa.

Wati, a local resident, was very grateful for the free clinic held in her neighborhood. According to her, free clinics that provide complete medical services are rarely held.

“Usually, the free clinics only offer blood checks for cholesterol, blood sugar, and uric acid levels. But now, Alhamdulillah, a team of doctors was here and free medicine was given. We hope that the ACT team will always be given success and ease in all their endeavors,” she prayed. []