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Report from the ground team: June 2019 Floods in Wajo, Indonesia

Publication date:2020-03-04
 
Dr. Herwin, a doctor from AMDA Indonesia, shared his experience in emergency relief in response to a flood disaster that struck Wajo, Sulawesi (Indonesia) in June 2019. A team comprising four doctors from AMDA Indonesia worked in several villages in the locality in mid-June where it reached out to communities that were left stranded by the calamity.

According to Indonesia’s disaster response authority, torrential rains that battered three provinces in Sulawesi had triggered major flooding in greater areas in which more than 1450 families had been affected in the province of South Sulawesi alone (as of June 10th 2019). Houses and rice paddies were inundated while schools, seawalls, roads and bridges were damaged in one way or another.

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“My name is Herwin and I am a doctor. It was my first experience to join AMDA’s humanitarian assistance. This time in the district of Wajo, AMDA’s medical team consisted of four doctors. On the first day, at 5:00pm on June 11 2019, our team left for the Wajo district in Makassar. The distance from Makassar's city center to Wajo is 224 km (estimated five hours by car.)  We arrived there at 1:00am and stayed at ”puskesmas Pammana” (a local health facility) which was situated closest to the village isolated by the flood disaster. 

 

On the second day, we met with the government health department representative and the heads of puskesmas who needed health assistance, especially of those at the villages that were isolated due to flooding. As a result of the meeting, we decided to visit three villages (Ujungpero, Benteng lompoe and Tonrong Tengnga) on the basis of the worst flood damage, the distance and number of heads of families in the village.

We left for the first village (Ujungpero) at 11:00am on June 12th. We arrived at the location at 1:00pm and immediately set up a medical post at the village head's house. We were invited by the village leader to see the flood conditions in his village. The flood was caused by a damaged dam lake. We saw a school sinking and inundated, as well as broken roads and houses being washed away by the floodwaters. At 2:00pm, our treatment activities began for people who needed a medical examination. In Sabbangparu (one location in the locality), we saw a total of 63 patients with hypertension being the most common illness.

At 3:00pm, we visited the second village (Bentenglompoe) which was one hour from the village of Ujungpero by car. During our health services, we served for as many as 78 patients with hypertension being the most common disease.

 

On the following day (June 13th), we visited the third village called Tonrong Tengnga. This village was very isolated, because the only way to access the place was by a traditional small boat called "Katinting". We saw 106 patients, with hypertension being the most common ailment.

My first experience with AMDA was very impressive. I would like to thank AMDA for giving me trust in joining the humanitarian team."

 
    •  Emergency Relief
    •  GPSP Medical Mission (Promotion of Health)
    •  Indonesia
    •  2019
    •  ER & Reconstruction

 
 
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