In 1985, PERTIWI started the ‘Klinik Sehari PERTIWI’ or PERTIWI Day Clinic at various locations in villages around Kedah, Perlis, Kelantan, Terengganu, Perak, Selangor and Pahang.
‘Klinik Sehari PERTIWI’ which subsequently became ‘PERTIWI Health Camp’ offered free basic medical consultations.
The objectives of the health camp included:
- To provide basic medical, dental and eye examinations for poor families in rural areas;
- To provide information and advice on diseases and health issues especially those pertaining to women and children;
- To put up exhibitions on family health, specific diseases and complications from drug abuse.
By bringing doctors, medical staff (nurses and pharmacy assistants), volunteers and basic medicine to the chosen locations our project scope covered the following areas:
- General health
- Diseases affecting women
- Diseases affecting children
- Medical advice
- Exhibitions on health issues
The project was for the benefit of poor families who were unable to go to government hospitals and clinics where they could obtain relevant information on health issues for them and their children.
The project was inactive for a while due to lack of funds. However, with the donation of a car, a MyVi, from Perodua Manufacturing Sdn Bhd, PERTIWI has revived this project by converting the car into a little mobile pharmacy, with safe OTC medications to give out where necessary. This service is offered at least twice a week, on Sunday and Wednesday nights, to the homeless and poor in Kuala Lumpur’s inner-city when PERTIWI Soup Kitchen does its food distribution to that community.
It is our hope that the “PERTIWI Health Services” will attract more volunteer doctors to help the homeless and poor in Kuala Lumpur by providing basic medical assistance.