Humanity Collaboration Assists Elderly on Setokok Island, Batam

ACT provided free medical examination services and food package distribution as a form of caring for the elderly. The action was carried out together with AMSA and Kawan Laut on Setokok Island, Batam.

Medical Services for Elderly.
Medical examination on the elderly on Pulau Setokok, Batam. (ACTNews)

ACTNews, BATAM – In the first week of September, Aksi Cepat Tanggap (ACT) Batam carried out medical services to elderly on Setokok Island, Bulang, Batam. The action was a collaboration between ACT, a medical team from the Asian Medical Students’ Association (AMSA) University of Batam, and Kawan Laut. In addition to medical services, the elderly also received food packages from Free Food Operation.

During the service, AMSA also educated the residents on the importance of maintaining their health. This activity was well received by local residents as well as the community leaders. They hope that this program can continue and be held in their area again.

In Batam City, especially Setokok Island, there are many elderly people who live alone or only live with their partners with limited conditions, especially their economy. "This action is our effort in giving the best attention to the elderly in Setokok," said Khairul from the ACT Riau Islands Program team.

One of the medical service beneficiaries was Gaya, an elderly woman who lives on Setokok Island. She was very grateful especially when she received the food package. “Thank you so much. I also receive a staple food package,” she said.[]