21 June 2017

Medical Services with RSA dr. Lie Dharmawan in Wayabula Village, Morotai Island Regency, North Maluku (June 12 – 19, 2017)


June 12 – 19, 2017, doctorSHARE held a medical service with RSA dr. Lie Dharmawan in one of the outermost islands in Indonesia. Precisely in Wayabula Village, West South Morotai District, Morotai Island Regency, North Maluku Province. The team members who participated totaled 16 people consisting of 10 medical volunteers and six non-medical volunteers.

Upon arrival on Morotai Island on Monday (12/6), the team rushed to the medical service location in Wayabula Village. Wayabula Village can be reached by motorized vehicle for one hour and 30 minutes from Pitu Morotai Airport. A warm welcome from the community greeted the doctorSHARE team when they arrived in Wayabula. Medical personnel at the Wayabula Health Center also helped with various preparations for medical services.

The next day (13/6) the first activity opened with health counseling for the community. The theme of the counseling was adjusted to the needs of the community for a clean and healthy life. The health counseling took place in a field near the Wayabula Health Center.

After the counseling was completed, the team continued with general medical treatment and screening (preliminary examination) for major and minor surgical patients. The report of the General Medicine Coordinator, Dr. Kurniawan, stated that the number of general medicine patients was 369. The top five diseases were Dyspepsia, Cephalgia, Dermatitis, Arthralgia, and Upper Respiratory Tract Infection (URTI).

On June 13-17, 2017 the doctorSHARE team continued the major and minor surgery activities at RSA dr. Lie Dharmawan. Based on the report of the Major Surgery Coordinator, Dr. Ivan Christmas, there were 15 major surgery patients.

“The 15 major surgery patients include three Obgyn surgery patients,” said Dr. Ivan when delivering the final major surgery report.

Sectio Caesarea (Caesarean section) was performed on three pregnant patients who were brought in from outside Wayabula. The pregnant patients were brought by ambulance from areas around Wayabula. Assisted by obstetricians from Morotai Regional Hospital, the Caesarean section went smoothly. Three babies were born on board RSA Dr. Lie Dharmawan, which was docked in Wayabula.

In addition to obstetricians, the Morotai Island Health Office also deployed a surgeon, anesthesiologist, and several nurses in the operating room.

Reported by the Minor Surgery Coordinator, Dr. Frisca Agan, the total number of minor surgery patients is 49 people. This number includes patients who underwent gynecological ultrasound (USG) examination. Lipoma was the most common case treated by the minor surgery team in Wayabula.

According to the Field Coordinator of doctorSHARE Medical Services in Wayabula, M. Sulham Haeril, overall the medical service activities went smoothly. There were some obstacles but they were resolved quickly and well. The assistance of medical personnel from the Morotai Island District Health Office, also helped the implementation of medical services in Wayabula.