By Betti Ratricia - Database and Social Media Coordinator
Medical Services Wear The Simple Protection Tools
In April, the COVID-19 Pandemic still showed a significant increase of cases, make YRS team have committed to continuing the services for more focus in support the global health issues, and following the government policy to fight the COVID 19, particularly through our services in Badung Market and Intaran Sanur. Although our work has a high risk because our clinic is in public facilities that are vulnerable for the transmission of COVID-19, does not reduce the enthusiasm of YRS team in providing the health services to the market communities with wearing very simple customize protection like use plastic rain coat for gown and simple face sheild made by our team. Our activities have got the big sympathy from people around of YRS friend and supporter, they are support us with donation for medical protection tools such as the medical mask, glasses, security face-sheild, gown and the medical coat or Hazmat. That all properties have make us more convenience in providing the services, because we have use and covered by the proper protection tools. Through this moment we would like to big thanks to our friend and supporter: Yayasan Matahari Tanngan Kasih- Surabaya dan Ibu Puspita D.P., Dr Yanna S. SpSS- Surabaya, Bali Trop Florist And Décor (Anita A.D.), RSU Ari Canti, dr.Aryawan , Yayasan Tangan Sejuta Kasih , Yayasan Trisula (Trisula Coorperation Jakarta), Yayasan Tangan Sejuta Kasih (Jessica), and M.Sunotoredjo-Jakarta.
To increase the awareness of market community related the transmission of COVID 19, we also provided the education to all market visitors for always use the mask, physical distancing for keep the distance between the people about 1.5 to 2 meters , and teach them to wash the hands properly. YRS team reach and approach the market visitors and vendors personally to remind and teach them for the importantly of discipline in behavior to protect themselves from the transmission of COVID 19.
We encourage the community to wash their hand frequently or use the hand sanitizer when the facilities for wash of hand are not available. To facilitate the access of communities to get hand sanitizer, we provided them by sell the hand sanitizer with affordable prices, and encourage the people to ensure their hands always clean. They should wash their hand by in flowing water and soap, or use hand sanitizer. When they willing to buy the hand sanitizer from us that mean in the same time they have do the donation to support YRS program. We sell the hand sanitizer and promote the education through YRS social media to reach broader communities.
Educate The Vendors and Visitors in Fight COVID 19
We have entered to the 3rd month of the Pandemic COVID-19 since the first infection found in Indonesia. Rama Sesana Foundation which has the activity in the middle of Traditional market Pasar Badung, committed to continue to provide health services more intent in screening and preventing the transmission of COVID 19 during this pandemic. Educational activities carried out at people who come in crowded places such as in Badung Market on the importance of washing hands with soap and running water, wearing masks and keeping a distance when shopping, are carried out by the YRS education team consistently since the pandemic began to enter Bali Indonesia. Body temperature checks are conducted on each market visitor as a screening to protect the Badung Market community and decrease the transmission of COVID-19 among market community. In average we conducted around 400 people they were market visitors every day during the working hours of YRS team in Badung Market. We also conducted health services through our clinic for general health check, in particularly to screening symptoms related COVID 19 and other disease. The clinic's strategic location on the 1st floor of Pasar Badung makes it easy for the market visitors to find access to medical services when experiencing health problems while in the market.
The economic impact of COVID-19 Pandemic to the community in particularly to the poor people who work around Badung Market as worker or small vendor are very large. Because their lives are very dependent on their income in one day to meet their daily needs. Rama Sesana Foundation raise sympathy and support from other organization to help them to reduce the economic burden during the pandemic, we worked and collaborate with the community of lecturers in Medicine Faculty of Udayana University supported them with packages of food support to 120 workers and laborers at Badung Market.
A very significant increase of COVID 19 cases in several areas in Bali overwhelmed some medical service facilities and medical staff experienced a shortage of PPE equipment as protectors in carrying out their duties, these are contains a very high risk for medical team who are provided the services to the COVID 19 patients who could potentially transmit the infection to the health provider. We support our colleagues in the affected areas for the PPE that we got from the assistance of several donors and YRS supporters . We continue to encourage and support all people to remain vigilant and always pay attention to the Covid Health Prevention Protocol 19, to speed up the breaking of the Covid 19 transmission chain, so that we can all adapt to new conditions and habits for staying healthy and productive.
In March along with the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, YRS as the organization work in Health area, and the responsibility of the medical provider to continues to provide the medical services, although the work have highly risk to get infection from the patient or the health facilities. In this dangerous situation we have dilemmatic position as a medical provider.
YRS team keep in commitment to provide health services particularly to our direct beneficiaries of community around Pasar Badung and Pasar Intaran-Sanur. In this situation we realized the safety and protection is the priority. In other hand the availability of medical protection tools in the market are very rare, and some of medical store was no stock. This situation made our team to creative develop the simple Protection tools, but have enough function as a protection tools, so the services going to continue, and YRS team also under protection by the transmission.
The Government policy towards breaking the chain of transmission through social distancing makes YRS activities related to community outreach halted temporarily, the engagement of staff at risk of meeting many people was postponed.
As a solution to keep the YRS team productive, activities are carried out by working from the YRS secretariat to provide education to the community through online social media by paying attention to maintaining distance between staff when working. Besides that, we also train Peer Educator about general hygiene, how to maintain their health and protect themselves to increase people awareness about health in COVID-19 situation.
Because the Badung Market is a center for logistic and food trading, in this situation the buying and selling activities at the Badung Market are still running, even though the busyness is slightly decrease and the market visitors apply social distancing. Supporting facilities to protect and prevent the transmission are provided such as additional hand washing areas and disinfection rooms in the entrance gate for the market visitors.
We keep deliver mobile clinic service at Bangli Region in Tamblang village in COVID-19 situation. From these activities, more than 100 people received health services with 70 people received breast and cervical cancer screening.