To Deal with Health Problems, Nursing Students Serve in the Community

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Lecturers and local officials in the opening of UNAIR nurse practical program in the Mulyorejo Sub-district Office, Surabaya (Photo: UNAIR NEWS)

UNAIR NEWS – As an implementation of University Tri Dharma, students of UNAIR Nursing program is conducting community service in Mulyorejo sub-district. Fifty-five students are taking part in the program which lasts for seven weeks.

The students were sent off by faculty of Nursing officials represented by Setho Hadisuyatmana, S.Kep., Ns., M.NS, as the person in charge of the Community and Family Health program, FKep UNAIR on Monday, March 7. The participants were welcomed by the head of Mulyorejo sub-district, Drs. H. M. Syafik, M.Si, and the head of Puskesmas Mulyorejo, dr. Riana Restuti.

“They were sent to the community to learn community nursing, on how they will healthy promoted program as recommended by World Health Organization (WHO), public policy which health-oriented, individual empowerment, community movement, environment which supports health, and reorientation of health service,” said Setho.

For the next seven weeks, students will go directly to the community in three neighborhood associations (RW) in Mulyorejo sub-district. In the initial weeks, students will conduct initial reviews, environmental observations, and interviews to the members of community, including the local figures. They will also hold mini-workshops together with the community. In the workshops, there will be a dialogue between students and the community to formulate and solve problems together.

This practical nursing program is conducted routinely every year. In 2016, it is focused on eradication of diseases in the community.

“This year we focus on controlling disease which is transmitted by animals, degenerative disease (stroke, diabetes mellitus, and hypertension). But it depends with the report, practice, situation and condition of targeted community,” said Setho.

Regarding the program in his jurisdiction, the head of the sub-district hoped that students can help the sub-district work plan especially in health sector. Syafik requested the students to promote some things like the importance of staying healthy, mosquito breeding places eradication, diarrhea, mother with pregnancy, nutritional improvement, and nursing profession).

Head of Puskesmas Mulyorejo, Riana, also had similar hopes. He expected the students can work in teams, blend with the community to solve health problems.

After it ends in the seventh weeks, their report will be directed to City Health Agency. The report will be evaluated to make next policy in public health.

On Tuesday, March 8 there are 30 students from the total 55 who assisted the implementation of Polio National Immunization Week (PIN) in Mulyorejo. They were sent to assist its implementation in all kindergartens and posyandu in Mulyorejo. (*)
Author: Binti Q. Masruroh
Editor: Defrina Sukma S

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