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Sunday, 20 November 2016 00:00

Compassion Transformed into Actions through Free Clinic

Written by  Voon Siew Jin, Huang Fu Yu & Chung Chui Tieng, Tawau / Translated by Goh Hwe Yong

Tzu Chi Tawau held a free clinic on November 20, 2016, to reach out to poor folks at Kampung Titingan who had no legal citizenship status. [Photograph by Liew Yueh Yee]

On November 20, 2016, Tzu Chi Tawau held a session of free clinic at the school ground of a national primary school in the village of Titingan. Medical services were rendered to 735 villagers who were living in poverty and unable to obtain legal citizenship status.


Through the many home visits made by Tzu Chi volunteers for Tzu Chi Study Grant, the plight of Tawau’s Kampung Titingan folks came to light. Most of them are living in poverty, and lacked the sense of healthcare. They faced health problems, which eventually deteriorated to become serious illnesses.

On November 20, 2016, a free clinic was held by Tzu Chi Tawau at the school ground of SK Kampung Titingan, where 735 people received free medical treatments.

Abu Bakar bin Adel, Chairman of Kampung Titingan Rural Development and Security Committee, was instrumental in making the event a reality. He had given great support to the first medical mission in 2015, and again assisted in the smooth running of this free clinic.

Prior to the day of the free clinic, Tzu Chi volunteers had gone from door-to-door to spread the news of free clinic, and encourage the folks to come forward for health checks and treatments at the free clinic. The folks, young and old, responded well and arrived in crowds. They were given comprehensive treatments that included dental care, skin trauma and infectious disease treatment, blood pressure and blood sugar measurements, and other medical services. The children were also given medication in syrup form to eradicate intestinal parasitic worms; and they loved the sweet taste of the medicine! In addition, two voluntary hairdressers were on hand to cut and rid their hair of lice, with the help of Tzu Chi volunteers.

School authorities concur with Tzu Chi’s philosophies

When Tzu Chi volunteers requested for the use of the school ground as venue for the event, the School Principal, Hasan Kadir, immediately approved. He understood and agreed to Tzu Chi’s effort in humanitarian aid. Some of his teaching staff even came to help on that day. Principal Hasan was of the view that though Tzu Chi is a Buddhist organization, it has given help regardless of race and religion. He was deeply moved and wished that this cycle of love and kindness would continue.

In appreciation of Tzu Chi volunteers’ efforts, Rosnanie Mohd Alie, a counselling teacher, offered her help and cooperation throughout the preparation process. Anna, a school worker, also stayed back to help even though it was a weekend. She also ensured that the school compound was clean and that the volunteers had enough water supply for use.

Doctors of great compassion and skill went into great actions

Asmah, Rafidah and Misra are the colleagues of a Tzu Chi volunteer, Ng Siau Jin. They had known about Tzu Chi through Siau Jin, who frequently told them about the touching stories of Tzu Chi. Taking part in the free clinic had enabled them to see the plight of the poor village folks. The trio felt thankful for being healthy and able to serve others. They are looking forward to taking part in similar events again.

Dentists, Liang Kai Sheng, Zou Zhi Yin, Nurul Izzati and Amir Firdaus, arrived early at the free clinic filled with expectation, but were exhausted by the time they finished. They treated more than 200 patients, and this was three times what they would do on a normal day duty at the hospital. They had exerted so much that their hands trembled involuntarily. Yet, great was their joy that arose from within. They were thankful for such a meaningful service, and wanted to take part again.

Dr Anna, a fresh medical graduate, and Dr Zhuo Xue Yi were both first-timers in free clinic. They were excited as it gave them a chance to do charity, and to gather experience. Both were thankful that Tzu Chi has reached out to the poor.

Dr Hong Yu Qiang and Dr Lai Bi Yin were well-experienced doctors, having served three years in the local hospital. They could not help but sigh at the fact that the village folks normally delayed seeing doctors until their illnesses had deteriorated. Both observed that hypertension and skin diseases were common among the local folks. The free clinic provided the villagers the opportunity to learn about health and medical care.

Dr Dong Ren Yi was the initiator of this free clinic. He received great response from doctors and this was clearly evident from many medical practitioners taking up posts at the clinic. He felt that the free clinic had run smoothly because there were more doctors to see to the needs of patients. He was also thankful for the help rendered at registration and reception counters.

Dr Dong wanted more of such free clinics to be organized, so as to help the poor, and to allow the newly graduated doctors to gain experience. He wished to join the TIMA team and bring medical care to the local community in Tawau.

 

Free clinic was held at the school ground of SK Kampung Titingan, and benefitted a total of 735 people. [Photograph by Liew Yueh Yee]   Volunteers went from door-to-door to spread news regarding the free clinic, and encourage the folks to grasp the opportunity for proper treatments. [Photograph by Liew Yueh Yee]

Free clinic was held at the school ground of SK Kampung Titingan, and benefitted a total of 735 people. [Photograph by Liew Yueh Yee]
 
Volunteers went from door-to-door to spread news regarding the free clinic, and encourage the folks to grasp the opportunity for proper treatments. [Photograph by Liew Yueh Yee]
 
Doctors carried out thorough physical examinations for early signs of diseases. [Photograph by Quek Chou Kiong]   A volunteer is seen here feeding a girl with medication for intestinal parasitic worms. [Photograph by Quek Chou Kiong]

Doctors carried out thorough physical examinations for early signs of diseases. [Photograph by Quek Chou Kiong]
 
 
A volunteer is seen here feeding a girl with medication for intestinal parasitic worms. [Photograph by Quek Chou Kiong]
 
Free hair cuts were also provided for the children. [Photograph by Tan Boon Lian]   Teacher Rosnanie had greatly assisted in the preparation of the school ground for the free clinic. [Photograph by Quek Chou Kiong]

Free hair cuts were also provided for the children. [Photograph by Tan Boon Lian]
 
 
Teacher Rosnanie had greatly assisted in the preparation of the school ground for the free clinic. [Photograph by Quek Chou Kiong]
 
The large number of patients treated at the dental clinic had resulted in over exertion of Dr Amir’s hands. Despite the involuntary trembles in his hands, he was full of joy. [Photograph by Liew Yueh Yee]   Dr Liang Kai Sheng was happy to have participated in the free clinic. [Photograph by Liew Yueh Yee]

The large number of patients treated at the dental clinic had resulted in over exertion of Dr Amir’s hands. Despite the involuntary trembles in his hands, he was full of joy. [Photograph by Liew Yueh Yee]
 
 
Dr Liang Kai Sheng was happy to have participated in the free clinic. [Photograph by Liew Yueh Yee]