Indonesia: Free medical treatment and circumcision for IDP in Aceh

Six months after Tsunami hit in Nanggroe Aceh Darussalam (NAD) and some parts of North Sumatra, PMI still conducts many activities to help people affected by tsunami. One of PMI's initiatives is health service program. Related with the six months commemoration of the tsunami, PMI conducts medical treatment and circumcision services for the Aceh people.
Both activities were held in two separate locations on Sunday, 26 June 2005. In Dayah Babussa'adah, Lambaet village, Sub-district Kuta Baro, Aceh Besar, 19 boys had been circumcised by PMI medical team. While in Beurangeng village, at least 50 people have come to receive medical treatment from PMI.

According to Dr. Try Wahyudi, Coordinator of PMI-NAD polyclinic, this activity is one of the real contributions of PMI to increase up the quality of health in the community and also one of the activities in six month commemoration after an earthquake and Tsunami hit Nangroe Aceh Darussalam and North Sumatera provinces. "We will continue this activity," said Dr. Tri Wahyudi. Five doctors and four paramedics joined this program, namely Dr. Tri Wahyudi, Dr. David Sidabutar, Dr. David A. Iswanto, Dr. Handi Priambodo, and Dr. Dewindra Widiamurti, also Henny Puspita, Puji Astuti, Boby Sagiman and Ishak AS.

As Dr. Wahyudi's explained, the public medical treatment program is done routinely by PMI mobile clinic. In other hand, PMI clinic in Aceh culture center also have medical service for the people.

Through this program, PMI also identified the top five diseases suffered by the IDP. They are dermatitis (skin disease), gastritis (stomach disease), ISPA, chepalgia (fever/headache), and rheumatic.

For further information, please contact M.R. Aswi Nugroho, Head of Communication Division, PMI National Office, Ph. +62-21-7992325 ext. 221, or Communication Officer of PMI Working Group for Reconstruction and Rehabilitation of NAD and Nias, Muhammad Kholifan in Banda Aceh, Mobile Ph: 0812-8586350.