MISSION TRIP NIAS 2023 - Kabupaten Nias Barat

Lise Gulo

Nias Island, designated as a disadvantaged region characterized by extreme poverty, faces substantial healthcare challenges. According to the BPS-Statistics of Nias Regency, the healthcare workforce consists of 353 nurses, 394 midwives, 37 pharmacists, 13 nutritionists, and a mere total of 30 doctors in West Nias Regency as of 2022. This glaringly contrasts with the World Health Organization's recommendation of a 1:1000 ratio between general practitioners and the population. In response to this critical situation, the Faculty of Medicine Universitas Kristen Duta Wacana, World Nation International, Yayasan Gloria, dan Sekolah Tinggi Teologi Anugerah Misi Nias Barat to conduct a community service initiative in West Nias Regency from February 26 to March 3, 2023. The initiative encompassed several key missions, including providing free health examinations and treatments, imparting church music education, and offering animal husbandry training to the local populace. During this intervention, a total of 400 patients underwent comprehensive medical evaluations and received free treatments, with detailed medical records obtained for 379 of these individuals. Among the patients, 144 were male and 236 were female, predominantly falling within the adult age bracket of 18 to 59 years. The prevalent diseases observed during community service included upper respiratory tract infections, hypertension, and skin infections. The Lack of access to health facilities is associated with the minimal number of existing health facilities and medical personnel, therefore good cooperation between the central government and the smallest government unit in society is needed to be able to build a good and qualified health system for the local community, this can be started by recruiting and training health cadres who routinely conduct home visits to the community. Exploring community potential and education regarding natural resource management as well as conducting training for the community helps improve public health.

community service, healthcare, west Nias, poverty

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