East Java’s first Posyandu for people with disabilities opens in Malang

Aman Rochman, The Jakarta Post

Malang / Senin, 10 Februari 2020 / 05:30 sore

Pejabat desa, penyedia layanan kesehatan dan advokat disabilitas telah bekerja sama untuk membuat posyandu terpadu pertama di Jawa Timur, untuk membantu para penyandang cacat di desa Bedali, kabupaten Lawang, Malang.

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Posyandu – yang layanannya meliputi pemeriksaan kesehatan dan pengobatan, fisioterapi, konseling, pengasuhan anak, pelatihan seni dan kerajinan, serta layanan antar-jemput – telah tersedia di balai desa Bedali setiap Kamis pertama bulan sejak Desember, 2019, beroperasi dari 8 pagi sampai siang.

“[Layanan] ini semuanya gratis,” kata Kepala Posyandu Ken Karta pada hari pembukaan pos minggu lalu, menambahkan bahwa fasilitas memiliki 20 staf dari berbagai latar belakang, termasuk psikiater, dokter umum, bidan dan sukarelawan.

Ken mengatakan Posyandu didirikan karena kesulitan yang dihadapi para penyandang cacat di daerah dalam mengakses layanan kesehatan di pusat kesehatan masyarakat (Puskesmas) dan rumah sakit.

Dia mengatakan anak-anak cacat dan orang dewasa membayar rata-rata Rp 200.000 (US $ 14,63) per pemeriksaan medis, tidak termasuk biaya transportasi, yang bisa sangat memberatkan bagi keluarga berpenghasilan rendah.

These hurdles led the village administration to take the initiative to work together with a number of related institutions – including disability advocacy group Lingkar Sosial (Linksos) Indonesia, the Lawang district Puskesmas, and the Radjiman Wediodiningrat psychiatric hospital – to establish the Posyandu.

The Puskesmas helped provide the general practitioners, midwives and Posyandu volunteers; the psychiatric hospital contributed psychiatrists; while Lingksos provided business and marketing training. The village administration, meanwhile, lent its hall to be used as a venue for the Posyandu and also provided ambulances to offer shuttle services.

Mustajab, a 39-year-old Bedali resident, who has a daughter with a disability, said that he felt lucky that the Posyandu was there and was located only 500 meters from his house. He said he previously had to go to the Lawang psychiatric hospital to get health services for his daughter.

“It’s 9 kilometers from home. I spend about Rp 150,000 per visit,” he said.

Siti Kotimah, 44, who also has a daughter with a disability, echoed Mustajab’s sentiments. She said the Posyandu was even better than the hospital because she could meet with friends there to share knowledge. It also offered training and shuttle facilities.

“That’s what makes it different from Lawang psychiatric hospital,” she said.

To access the services at the Posyandu, residents only need to fill in the waiting list form, have their weight and waist measured, and their blood pressure checked. A staff member will then ask about their health conditions over the past month, then a physician will examine them and provide medical advice, as well prescribe medications before they are finally examined by a psychiatrist.

The health services are preceded by group exercise and play sessions and the Posyandu also provides training for people with disabilities to make floor mats.

Ken said that since the Posyandu opened last December, the number of disabled people registered in the village’s social welfare information system next generation (SIKS-NG) had increased tenfold to 90 from nine.

“Banyak yang tidak terdaftar di SIKS-NG sebelumnya karena keluarga mereka malu,” katanya. “Beberapa bahkan dikeluarkan dari kartu keluarga [KK] mereka karena alasan yang sama, membuat mereka tidak memenuhi syarat untuk layanan kesehatan dan asuransi yang disediakan oleh pemerintah.”

“Itu sebabnya kami secara proaktif mendatangi mereka. Di Posyandu, setiap orang bisa mendapatkan layanan yang sama terlepas dari status tempat tinggal mereka, ”katanya, seraya menambahkan bahwa relawan Posyandu akan membantu mereka terdaftar di SIKS-NG dan mendapatkan kartu ID.

Ken mengatakan bahwa Posyandu untuk para penyandang cacat dapat dengan mudah dibangun di desa dan kecamatan lain, selama masing-masing pejabat setempat memiliki keinginan untuk melakukannya.

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