Wednesday, 19 January 2022 | 18:14 WIB

Social Affairs Ministry Ensures Assistance of Earthquake Vulnerable Groups

Social Affairs Ministry Ensures Assistance of Earthquake Vulnerable Groups (kemsos)

MAMUJU, NETRALNEWS.COM - The Indonesian Ministry of Social Affairs has ensured the best services and the fulfillment of the needs of vulnerable groups of earthquake victims in West Sulawesi.

Director of Social Protection for Natural Disaster Victims M. Safii Nasution explained that the vulnerable groups of earthquake survivors consisted of the elderly, pregnant women and children. This group will be placed in tents that have been prepared.

"We put them in special tents that have adequate insulation and air circulation. We give this to them so they feel comfortable. Now those who take refuge in unfit tents and scatter we move them to the Covid-19 tent," said Safii at Manakarra Stadium, Mamuju, West Sulawesi, on Monday (01/18/2021).

Rahayu (29 years), who is six months pregnant, feels the difference in living in the Covid-19 tent prepared by the Ministry of Social Affairs. She said it was more comfortable because the tents have walls and windows so the air can change and be fresh.

She also said that the refugee camps at the Manakarra stadium were very complete. She admitted that there were health facilities, public kitchens, toilets and bathrooms.

In addition, the Ministry of Social Affairs also provides food and other logistical needs, such as baby milk, ready-to-eat food, and pampers for all earthquake survivors in West Sulawesi.

"We also carry out Psychosocial Support Services (LDP) for survivors to recover from the trauma caused by the earthquake," said Safii.

The Ministry of Social Affairs LDP team comes from elements of Tagana, District Social Welfare Workers (TKSK), and Human Resources for the Keluarga Harapan Program with various backgrounds of expertise.

The team consists of Social Workers, Social Counselors, and nine Psychologists. There were ten officers deployed from the central LDP team, 12 from the local Tagana team, and six from the TKSK. Meanwhile, there are 17 local PKH human resources.

"The service mechanism provided during this pandemic will later be divided into small groups inside the Covid-19 tent according to the category of vulnerable groups, each with a maximum of 10 people per group. This is intended to prevent the spread of Covid-19 in refugee tents," he explained.

Safii explained that the services provided include counseling, games for children, giving quizzes and similar games so that they can forget about the trauma of this earthquake and return to normal life.

He estimates that currently there are around 1,500 to 2,000 refugees who have been outside the stadium since the devastating earthquake measuring magnitude 6.2 struck West Sulawesi.