|Project||RUMAH SAKIT UMUM (RSU) GUNUNG SITOLI, NIAS|
MERCY MALAYSIA CONTINUED ITS RECONSTRUCTION AND REHABILITATION PROJECTS IN THE COUNTRY WHILE OFFERING ITS EXPERTISE IN THE AREA OF HOSPITAL MANAGEMENT. IT ALSO IMPLEMENTED A NUMBER OF DISASTER PREPAREDNESS ACTIVITIES AT THE TSUNAMI RESOURCE CENTRE IN ACEH.
RUMAH SAKIT UMUM (RSU) GUNUNG SITOLI, NIAS
MERCY Malaysia was appointed to manage the masterplan
for the reconstruction of the Rumah Sakit Umum (RSU)
Gunung Sitoli, the main referral hospital in Nias. Phases
One and Two of the project were completed in 2005 and
2006 while Phase Three were completed in 2008.
MERCY Malaysia was also involved in a project that
focused on Total Hospital Facilities Management at
RSU Gunung Sitoli. The project involved training of the
hospital’s personnel to ensure sustainability, providing
waste management facilities at the hospital and ensuring
hospital cleanliness by providing training on clinical waste
management and cleaning and engineering services.
KAYEE KUNYIT ORPHANAGE CENTRE
MERCY Malaysia completed a new building complex
consisting of hostel rooms, classrooms, a dining hall,
prayer hall at the Kayee Kunyit Orphanage Centre. This
orphanage is unique as the children are taken care of by
the local community as well.
RUMAH SAKIT UMUM DAERAH (RSUD) ARGA MAKMUR
Following the Bengkulu Earthquake that rocked the west
coast of Sumatra on Sept 12, 2007, MERCY Malaysia
deployed its first team to the area within the week, with
a second team arriving nine days later. Both teams
distributed hygiene kits and mosquito nets to minimise the
risk of water and blood-borne diseases.
The earthquake also damaged many of RSUD Arga
Makmur’s buildings. The hospital, which serves more than
100,000 patients (more than 24 per cent of the residents
of Bengkulu Province) yearly, continued to serve its role
as the only district hospital in Bengkulu Utara despite the
structural damage it had incurred.
Immediately following the earthquake, MERCY Malaysia provided aid in the form of medical equipment to the hospital but in 2008, it focused on the rehabilitation and renovation of a number of the hospital’s damaged buildings to provide a safe environment for its staff and patients. Among the affected buildings that were refurbished and repaired were the Accident & Emergency (A&E), Administration, and Operating Theatre (O.T) buildings. The rehabilitation and renovation project, which saw a workforce of 38 men, was completed and handed over in November 2008.
ACTIVITIES AT TSUNAMI RESOURCE CENTRE (TRC)
The Tsunami Resource Centre (TRC) was built within
Syiah Kuala University (UNSYIAH) by MERCY Malaysia
with funding support from the Force of Nature Foundation.
Four activities were conducted by MERCY Malaysia — the
drafting of a resource book for disaster education, TRC
visit days for elementary school children, School Watching
Workshops for Elementary Headmasters and Disaster
Education Workshops for Education Faculty students of
UNSYIAH, Banda Aceh.
The resource book for disaster education is used
at Disaster Education Workshops for students of the
Education Faculty to teach disaster management. It will
serve as a guide book for the students as they pursue their
teaching careers in the future. In 2008, four workshops
took place in November and December 2008 with a total
of 484 participants learning about disaster education.
Approximately 1,280 elementary students from 32 elementary schools in Banda Aceh and Aceh Besar visited the Tsunami Resource Centre from July to December 2008. They learned about disaster preparedness through videos, games and simulation activities. The School Watching Workshop for Elementary Headmasters was conducted on 22nd October, 2008, and was attended by 24 participants. The workshop is aimed at delivering the basic knowledge on disaster preparedness through risk and hazard mapping practices and to impart the importance of disaster education in schools. The headmasters were also encouraged to set up their own disaster management committees at the school level.