Helping Children Get the Healthcare They Need
To fulfill Begawan Foundation’s aims and create an environment that serves the needs of local people, the Gardners set up a health clinic at Begawan Giri Estate.Manned by a team of doctors and nurses, it provided free services to the Estate’s staff members and their immediate families. It also actively participated in the Estate’s training programmes by conducting first aid and emergency training for employees, with additional support provided by consultant doctors from Singapore. In addition, the clinic taught young pupils from the local kindergarten about the importance of caring for their health and personal hygiene. Begawan Foundation took a special interest in child health, and its work in this area was not limited to youngsters in the immediate neighbourhood. A key focus of the Foundation’s health programme was the plight of the many children in Bali who suffer from Hirschsprung’s Disease, a congenital disorder.
Originally, Indonesian children requiring this type of operation had to be taken to Singapore, although some Singaporean doctors have also been to Indonesia to train doctors there. However, the necessary medical equipment has to be purchased, and Indonesian doctors must be taught how to use it correctly. The importance of this is illustrated by the following case histories.
Wayan Juliana Meganata, the oldest son of Remi and Wardana, had six unsuccessful operations for Hirschsprung’s Disease in Bali before he was brought to Singapore in 1998 for his first successful operation. Following a second operation in Singapore later in the same year, he attended the hospital in Denpasar for regular checkups.
Wayan Sudartana, a small boy from Ubud in Bali, had 12 unsuccessful operations for the same disease before going to Singapore in 1999 for his first and second operations.
After three unsuccessful operations in Bali, Wayan Pantiaga was successfully treated under the watchful eyes of local doctors at the Sanglah Hospital in Denpasar, Bali, by Dr Joseph from the KK Women & Children’s Hospital in Singapore. Dr Joseph later returned to Bali to conduct a second operation, again observed by the local doctors.
Another boy from Karangasem in Eastern Bali had four unsuccessful operations in Denpasar before he was successfully operated on by Dr Sukarena and his team at Sanglah Hospital, thus demonstrating that Bali’s doctors can successfully perform the procedure if they receive the right degree of support.
Wayan Juliana Meganata’s is today as healthy as one would wish a son to be. He has had no problems since the operation in Singapore, and has been able to grow up as a normal child, playing sport and attending school, and finding a job at the Museum Puri Lukisan restaurant in the centre of Ubud.
Wayan Sudartana is now a cheerful and bright young man who has studied at STIKOM (Institute of Management Informatics and Computer Engineering) in Bali.
It is pleasing to know that two young boys, with a life threatening disease, have grown up to be active, healthy individuals.
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