Periodic Health Services for Poor Families in Jakarta
ACTNews, JAKARTA – Pelayanan Kesehatan Berkala (PAHALA/Periodic Health Services) from Global Zakat – Aksi Cepat Tanggap (ACT) was held once more for economically underprivileged families in Jakarta. On Saturday (2/9), the free medical services were held in Cipinang Besar Utara Village in Jatinegara, East Jakarta, were attended by 99 local residents.
Iqbal Maulana Utomo, an ACT volunteer, stated that many of the locals suffered from flu and skin diseases due to the unfriendly weather in Jakarta. “Many of them had cold, hypertension, skin lesions and colic,” explained Utomo.
The teams also provided counseling about the diseases that are spreading in Indonesia, such as Dengue Fever. The disease caused by the Aedes Aegypti mosquito is a serious threat to people living in tropical area.
Utomo mentioned that, despite being quite clean, the neighborhoods in Cipinang Besar Utara are densely populated. The dense population in these neighborhood may lead to the increase of chance of getting infected by Dengue Fever. “Despite being densely populated, there have not been any reported case of dengue fever in the area,” said Utomo, Monday (12/11).
Previous PAHALA programs were held in several areas in Jakarta, such as Karet Tengsin Village in Tanah Abang. Dr. Muhammad Riedha Bambang, Coordinator of PAHALA, stated that the program is held regularly three times a month. “Supported by the zakat funds of the people of Indonesia, this program aims to give access to healthcare to the poor and zakat administrators who can’t afford medical treatments. May we be able to serve more underprivileged families,” said Bambang.