Riding Uphill to Provide Medical Services for Tsunami Evacuees

Riding Uphill to Provide Medical Services for Tsunami Evacuees

ACTNews, SOUTH LAMPUNG – The Sunda Strait Tsunami that happened on Saturday (12/22) has left a deep trauma in the hearts of South Lampung residents. For more than ten days after the disaster, they are still haunted by fear and sorrow. In Maja Village, Kalinda Sub-District, most evacuees choose to stay in the evacuation sites, such as the one on the hills of Guha (Goa), located far from the coastline. Each day, the evacuees do their routine: from morning until late afternoon, they go downhill to clear their damaged houses of ruins. As the sun sets, they go back uphill to spend their night.

In an effort to provide medical services to the evacuees on the hulls, on Thursday (1/3) Aksi Cepat Tanggap (ACT) medical volunteers went to Guha where, most Maja Villagers stay. Five ACT medical volunteers went through the steep, slippery, muddy road by motorcycles to reach the evacuees.

First, the team reached the evacuation site located 1.5 kilometers away from the coast to give medical services to seven families living in two humble tents. They have plantations and livestock on the hill, and they feel uncomfortable to live in their neighbors’ houses.

“Though it’s quite far from the main road, we feel secure and comfortable here, no need to feel the shyness of having to live in others’ houses. We are happy to be able to sleep here in these huts as long as we are with our families,” said an evacuee on Guha hills.

One after another, they came to the medical volunteers to have their health checked. “I want to have my blood pressure checked,” said one of the lady from Maja Kenali Village.

Eko, Coordinator of ACT Medical Volunteer, stated that apart from checking the evacuees’ blood pressure, his team also treated evacuees with various illness. “Some have coughs, cold, even open wounds. Alhamdulillah, we have given medicines to treat their illnesses,” explained Eko.

After distributing food and providing medical services, the team continued to reach two more evacuation sites on the hills of Guha.

It was not easy to ride on the muddy and slippery road to reach the evacuation sites located 2,000 meters above sea level. The rain only made it difficult for the team to reach the evacuation sites on the hills of Guha, close to Rajabasa mountains.

There were eight more families to reach. The distance between each evacuation site to another was not short, and the terrain was quite challenging for motorized vehicles. At times, they had to get off the motorcycles and continued on foot, carefully stepping on the ground to avoid slipping to the cliff just beside the path. The team was accompanied by Lukman, a Maja villager. Medical services were given to those eight evacuee families.

“Alhamdulillah, everything went well despite the challenging terrain. Maybe this is what they call a total dedication. No matter how difficult and far the road we have to take, as long as we can serve and help others, it really gives me and our team a sense of satisfaction,” concluded Eko. []



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