The spread of Covid-19 throughout the world is increasing including in Indonesia.
In Mentawai Islands District, there were seven positive case of Covid-19.
The Society life became paralyzed and made their anxiety higher than before. For almost three months the community have to stay away from the crowd and religious activity has to stop for unknown time.
Mabola Hamlet, Sikakap Village, Mentawai, West Sumatra is one of the CDRM & CDS' assisted hamlets. This hamlet has some experiences in some various training such as disaster preparedness, advocacy and group capacity strengthening. Their village also used to be facilitated for the personal and environmental hygiene training. This made the community aware of viruses and gain an understanding of the importance in maintaining personal hygiene, especially hands adn enviruonment hygiene.
Mabola Hamlet is the only hamlet that has prepared themself for COVID-19. Since the COVID-19 issue spread, the hamlet'shead and the community prepared gallons and soap to wash their hands at the entrance to the hamlet, immediately. "Villager or those who visiting Hamlet should wash their hands first beofre entering the Hamlet area, "said the Head of Mabola Hamlet, Mr. Marlis Samaloisa who also in charge of the COVID-19 Task Force in Mabola Hamlet.
Margareta Sabelau (46 years) is a housewife with 4 (four) children. One of the family from Mabola hamlet that attended personal hygiene training and socialization to prevent transmission of COVID-19 to women. She began to understand the importance of personal hygiene in this pandemic era. She has learned that COVID-19 could infected a man by touching hands, droplet and touching objects that have been infected. One infectious person could transmit more than ten people", she said.
It turned out that with that understanding, she took the initiative to make a hand washing facilities in front of her house. It is intended that families or guests who come can wash their hands first before entering the house. By providing hand washing facilities, she can prevent the virus come in to her house and could infected her family later.
It could become an example and duplicate to other people. Margareta hopes that CDRM & CDS would always share various knowledge and information which are needed by the community so they could understand and responsive with the existing issues and looking for the solutions. "There is no need to provide physical assistance for all communities, with sharing the knowledge would be very helpful and thoughts come brighter," she said.
Preventing ourslef from COVID-19 should be start from ourself too than we should influence as many as we can.