Calling to Lakgigi – Mentawai

YAKKUM Emergency Unit (YEU) health team, once again passed the hills and woods, to make a way into the hamlets of Desa Malakopa (Desa = village). It took about three hours by motorcycle, the only vehicle that work on such lane, just to find flux (high water) blocked our way in Desa Bulasat.  

We then asked the villagers, they said that we reached Dusun Bake (Dusun = hamlet), one of the Tsunami affected hamlets. Dusun Bake did not have any casualty, two houses were destroyed. In the mean time, the villagers of Dusun Bake fled to Dusun Lakgigi, which located higher than Dusun Bake.  

We continued our mission to Lakgigi. People were staring at us, wondering why we were there as we entered Lakgigi. Their question was answered when we introduced ourselves and explained our mission.  A simple made of wood dwelling, about 2 x 2.5 meters was crowded by people, about few minutes after. Not only those come from Lakgigi, but also people from Dusun Bake queued to get medical care.  

Villagers admitted that they received only minimum health care, even before Tsunami. They have no medical representative in Dusun. Visit from Puskesmas Sikakap by boat depends mainly on the sea weather condition, which is often unfriendly, and thus cannot be ensured in monthly basis. (Puskesmas is community health center at sub district basis).  

Lack of communication facilities and tools made them difficult to access information and services from outside their islands. They have to cross the sea and two hours riding motorcycle in order to reach and get the most immediate health services.  

Time has flown to four o’clock in the afternoon. We closed our medical care and wished to return to Lakgigi for serving health again, not only for Lakgigi but also to its surrounding hamlets. We returned home accompanied by rain. (Agnes Dewi, YEU)   

Sikakap, 2 November 2010. 

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Oase in Disaster - Yakkum Emergency Unit This blog is official blog of Yakkum Emergency Unit Member of ACT Alliance and Member of Humanitarian Forum of Indonesia. The contents of this blog covers the YEU's activities related to emergency responds activities in Indonesia. Currently, we are working in emergency respon in three different areas; to respond Wasior flash-flood affected people in Manokwari, West Papua, tsunami-Mentawai affected people in Mentawai, West Sumatera, and Merapi Volcano Eruption in Central Java and Yogyakarta. At the national level, we are coordinating within the network of Humanitarian Forum of Indonesia (HFI) and at the International level we're coordinating with Global Network for Disaster Reduction and ACT Alliance. Email: Follow us in twitter @yeu2001
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