Sunday, January 28, 2007

Doctors on call


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FIVE medical doctors and two medical assistants made their way to Kota Tinggi last week to join friends and volunteers from MedicAsia to continue post-flood health screening. The doctors and MAs were from HUSM in Kubang Kerian, Kelantan.

The medicine men (and one woman) had four young lads from Warisan Global (WG), a knowledge building outfit from Kuala Lumpur as company for five days.

The doctors were attached to Hospital Kota Tinggi, bringing with them expertise and experience in family medicine, emergency care and child counselling. A seasoned paediatrician was also in the team.

Thanks to the generosity of the hospital director, the volunteers were housed in a vacant bungalow in the hospital compounds. The hospital was so stretched after the second wave of floods which adversely affected 40 per cent of its staff.

The four lads from WG brought an additional dimension to caring for flood victims. Graduates all of them, the lads would organise games, telematches, run quiz, painting competition and lots of other activities to keep the children in relief centres occupied.

I talked to a few ladies at one of the relief centres. I had asked whether they would mind having the young men in the hall making noise and creating a small din. "Tak pa. Kami lagi suka. Kalau tak buat cam ni, budak-budak ni merayau entah ke mana-mana (Go ahead, it's alright. If you don't do this, God knows where the kids will be going to occupy their time)."

MedicAsia's lensman recorded these pictures to give you some sampling of the work undertaken by the volunteers. We wish to thank the relevant people in Kota Tinggi, particularly Dr Salamah from the hospital and local ADUN Dato Halimah Sadique for their support and encouragement.

MedicAsia's next tour of duty will be in several Orang Asli villages in the Kota Tinggi/Mersing area.

5 comments:

X-Matters said...

Datuk AAT,
I was in Batu Pahat on an eight-day flood relief mission last week. During that period, we saw medical teams from as far as Perak making their rounds at the relief centres.
At one centre, the Hospital Permai in Johor Baru provided colouring sheets and colour pencils for children.
Everyone is chipping in their own way to help victims. It is heartening to note that Malaysians are caring citizens.

Bai WGSB said...

"First Relief Mission"

Hi everybody..
I just want to say thank you to MedicAsia and Warisan Global Sdn Bhd for given me a chance to joint the relief mission at Johore.Actually this is my first time.I learn many thing when i joint this relief mission.The flood impact at Johore so bad:-( Anyway, if you have any relief mission and need volunteer, just call me:-) I'll try my best!TQ for the nice experience guys...

Ash WGSB said...

Kenangan Berharga....

Terima Kasih diucapkan kepada Datuk Ahmad dan Medic Asia Team kerana memberi pendedahan yang amat berharga....Segala apa yang telah dilalui di Kota Tinggi Johor akan saya kenang dan menjadikan iktibar untuk saya dan memotivasikan diri...Tidak dilupakan juga para Doktor dari USM Kubang Kerian kerana dapat mempelajari sesuatu....Terima kasih sekali lagi kepada semua...

redz-WGSB said...

Pertama sekali,saya ingin mengucapkan jutaan terima kasih kepada Datuk Ahmad dan MedicAsia kerana telah memberi peluang kepada saya menyertai misi kemanusiaan di Kota Tinggi.
Banyak pengalaman yang saya dapat sepanjang berada di sana.Walaupun kami tidak terlibat secara langsung dalam misi bantuan banjir,tetapi pengalaman menceriakan warga kanak-kanak dan remaja mangsa banjir ini adalah satu pengalaman yang sungguh berharga.Rasa seronok bila melihat kegembiraan serta gelak tawa di raut wajah mereka setiap kali kami membuat aktiviti dan permainan untuk mereka.Terdetik di hati saya jika kami dapat bersama-sama mereka tiap hari,tiap malam,tiap jam dan tiap detik..Walaupun kedatangan kami di sana tidak lama,keakraban dan kemesraan di antara kami bagaikan adik beradik.
Rasa pilu di hati semasa kami bersalam-salaman serta melambaikan tangan tanda perpisahan di antara kami..
Akhir kata,segala pengalaman bersama mangsa-mangsa banjir terutamanya anak-anak kecil ini akan sentiasa saya kenang sampai bila-bila dan berdoa agar semuanya akan kembali kepada sedia kala...amin...

mohdrizalyusop said...

Salam ukhwah buat semua.Kesempatan ini saya ingin mengucapkan jutaan terima kasih kepada pihak MedicAsia, kumpulan doktor dari HUSM Kelantan dan juga Warisan Global..Ini kerana memberi peluang kepada saya untuk menimba pengalaman baru di Kota Tinggi dengan membantu dan menolong mereka yang menjadi mangsa banjir.
Pengalaman dan kenangan disana ketika bersama tidak dapat dilupakan.Bersama-sama warga masyarakat Kota Tinggi terutamanya kanak-kanak.Melihat kegembiraan, keseronokan dan kelincahan mereka membuatkan saya terfikir bagaimana mereka menempuh saat-saat genting itu.
Saat sewaktu bergambar bersama-sama semua kanak-kanak itu untuk berpisah, bersalaman membuatkan hati hiba dan sedih.Jika diberi peluang ingin saya kesana lagi, melihat mereka semua.
5 hari disana bagaikan 1 hari. Hubungan yang telah terjalin akan tetap tersemat dihati ini.
Terima kasih MedicAsia,Warisan Global Sdn Bhd,doktor-doktor dari HUSM dan semua warga Kota Tinggi..Saya doakan semua bahagia dan dirahmati tuhan..Amin