Kalitengah Lor residents left the Glagaharjo refugee barracks to return to their respective homes, Tuesday (26/1/2021). – (Bali Tourism/Hiskia Andika)
monitoring of the refugees of Mount Merapi will be carried out on a regular basis.
Bali Tourism – The Sleman Regency Health Office (Dinkes) ensures that monitoring of the health of the Kalitengah Lor refugees who have returned will continue to be carried out. The program to pick up balls or go directly to residents’ houses is a way of monitoring that this continues.
Coordinator of Disaster Program Management for the Health Sector of the Sleman Health Office, Anang Suyoto, said that the health team in the Glagaharjo sub-district would carry out the monitoring. Examinations will continue to be carried out especially for the elderly.
Anang assessed that the elderly have a high level of vulnerability along with moving from refugee barracks to return to their homes. Especially considering the conditions of the Covid-19 pandemic which have not ended yet.
“Later, we will ask the Cangkringan Puskemas to carry out a kind of mobile health center for residents. We can also make a routine and periodic schedule, maybe once a week. We want the health of Kalitengah Lor residents, especially the elderly, to be monitored,” said Anang to the media crew, Tuesday (26/1 / 2021).
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As conveyed by Anang, during the time they were in refugee camps, the elderly and pregnant women had always been the top priority in relation to health checks. Because it is undeniable that the risk of decreased immunity due to stress factors while in the evacuation barracks can lead to a higher risk of exposure to disease.
According to records held by the Sleman Health Office, the most frequently handled complaint during the evacuation was hypertension from the elderly. This, said Anang, was still in the normal category because the conditions of the refugee barracks which were different from houses were the main factor.
“Hypertension is the most frequent complaint submitted by the elderly. But so far it can still be controlled. That is why the elderly are the focus of examinations when they return home,” he explained.
Anang said that this preventive measure would later involve posyandu cadres in Kalitengah Lor Hamlet. This is because these cadres also previously had data on vulnerable groups before they finally fled to the evacuation barracks in Glagaharjo.
“There [Dusun Kalitengah Lor] also assisted by elderly posyandu cadres. From the data we have, the number of elderly people who have been displaced is around 76 people. Of course this data can also be a priority, “he said.
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Meanwhile, this effort was fully supported by the Head of Glagaharjo Urban Village, Suroto. According to him, later his party will continue to coordinate further with the Sleman Health Office and especially the Cangkringan Health Center.