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When death lurks in disaster-hit areas, midwives come to save the day

  • Gemma Holiani Cahya

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Sun, May 12, 2019   /  09:21 am
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Under the sun: Village midwife Nurul Indawati passes by a cliff on her way to a remote village in Jombang, East Java.(Antara/Syaiful Arif)

There were many unsung heroes when the major earthquakes and tsunami hit Lombok in August and Palu in September. Some of them were hardworking midwives who assisted mothers and victims during those dark days despite a lack of equipment. Puskesmas Nipah, a public health center in North Lombok, was among the first health centers that opened its doors for the victims after the 7.0-magnitude earthquake hit the island of Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara, on Aug. 5. And it would not have opened without Handini Puspita Arum, a midwife who works there. Handini said after the earthquake rocked and destroyed most of the buildings in her village, the villagers climbed the mountain behind their homes that were located near the seashore because the Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency said there was a possibility that a tsu...