2 January 2019

RSA Nusa Waluya II for Central Sulawesi Recovery


For almost two months, RSA Nusa Waluya II has been docked at Pantoloan Harbor, Palu City, Central Sulawesi. RSA Nusa Waluya II arrived in Palu on a post-disaster recovery mission in Central Sulawesi on November 15, 2018. Dozens of medical and non-medical volunteers were brought in from all over Indonesia to fulfill the social mission in Central Sulawesi.

RSA Nusa Waluya II’s services focused on community health rehabilitation, as well as partnering with the local government to help health facilities damaged by the disaster. Upon arrival, the health services provided included general medicine, major surgery, minor surgery, and gynecology.

Based on reports in the last week of December 2018, RSA Nusa Waluya II has served 3066 general poly patients, 64 surgical poly patients, 238 gynecology poly patients, 431 dental poly patients, and 122 Emergency Room (ER) patients. In addition to poly and emergency room, doctorSHARE volunteers have also served 62 minor surgery patients, 27 major surgery patients, and 12 maternity patients.

Coordinator of RSA Nusa Waluya II, Dr. Stephanie explained that periodically volunteer specialist doctors are brought in to meet the health needs of the community. Throughout the service of RSA Nusa Waluya II in Central Sulawesi, there have been surgeons and obstetricians who joined the medical service.

The activities of the doctorSHARE volunteer team in Central Sulawesi were not only carried out at RSA Nusa Waluya II. The volunteer team was deployed to refugee camps and schools for post-disaster psychological trauma treatment. In this session, it is hoped that the volunteer team will help disaster-affected communities get out of fear, panic and sadness. Various age categories ranging from children to adults participated in this session.


Empowerment Program

During the health services, a program to strengthen and empower local medical personnel was also implemented. This activity was aimed at local midwives who served in various health centers. DoctorSHARE Medical Volunteer, dr. Nungky Nugroho Wibisono, SpOG. The training was divided into three sessions according to the three materials presented, among others: Pre-eclampsia, HPP and bleeding management with balloon catheter, and basic obstetric ultrasound.

Discussion sessions were opened throughout the material presented, the high enthusiasm of the participating midwives could be seen from the active discussion session. The midwives had the opportunity to ask questions about cases that are often encountered in the field. Not a few midwives also shared their interesting experiences while on duty.

Fadila Nuraini, a midwife at RSA Nusa Waluya II, said the program aims to strengthen local health workers in terms of competence, knowledge, and practice to support the community to get out of their health problems. “Similar training will continue as long as RSA Nusa Waluya II is in Central Sulawesi for post-earthquake and tsunami recovery,” said Fadila.

Dr. Stephanie added that RSA Nusa Waluya II will serve the people of Central Sulawesi until February 15, 2019. General clinic, dental clinic, and gynecology clinic services will be open as usual on Monday – Friday at 08:00 – 14:00 WITA, Saturday at 08:00 – 12:00 WITA, and Sunday is closed. The specialist service schedule will continue to be applied periodically.

“Specialist doctors are planned to return on January 27, 2019 until one week in the future. Specialists who are planned to be present are surgeons, obstetricians, internal medicine, and children,” said Dr. Stephanie.