ACTNews, CENTRAL BENGKULU - One of the crews of Pre-Hospital Ambulance jumped out of Toyota Hi-Ace to observe the road condition. Afterward, he gave a signal to the driver. In front of them, laid an emergency bridge that has to be crossed by the Pre-Hospital Ambulances.
“Go, go! It’s far, yes, go forward!” Screamed Agus from Aksi Cepat Tanggap Medical Team, as he signaled his hands to the driver. The ambulance transported dozens of medical team volunteers--including doctors, nurses, midwives, and pharmacists. The ambulance was on its way to Taba Penyengat, Talang Panjang Village, Bang Haji Sub-District, Central Bengkulu, on last May.
The ambulance was not the only vehicle. A 4X4 Ford Ranger and ACT Aid Truck that carried food packages for the villagers were also the part of the convoy. During the trip, several volunteers had to guide the vehicles in order to cross the road.
Muddy and rocky roads have to be crossed in order to reach Talang Panjang Village. The village, located in the middle of palm oil plantation, was devastated by the flood. At least 131 people were affected, and 14 houses were washed away by the flood.
When the medical team arrived, they immediately set up formations. The doctors were ready to examine the patients, and the medicines were neatly arranged. The medical services were conducted under emergency tents, where the villagers took shelter.
Basrun (58) informed the Medical Team Doctor, dr. Lidya Hapsari, that his whole body is itchy and sore. He assumed that his health was affected by the flood. When the flood hit, Basrun stayed inside his house to wait for the water level to drop. He was lucky because his stilt house was not washed away by the flood.
Dr. Lidya Hapsari explained that weakened immunity is a common occurrence among flood victims. Cough, flu, soreness, and itching are amongst the most common diseases caused by a flood. Then, the ACT Medical Team handled the patients in accordance with their symptoms. “We handle the patients in accordance with their symptoms. If they have soreness, we will give them pain medications. If they are itchy, we will give them appropriate medications,” said Dr. Hapsari on Thursday (2/5).