Hikayat Royati

Bisikan-bisikan aneh menghantui seorang perempuan cantik bernama Royati. Ia dinyatakan menderita skizofrenia.

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SUATU siang di bulan September 2009. Jalan Kemuning sepi tak seperti hari biasa yang ramai lalu-lalang kendaraan. Beberapa warga yang lewat mengenakan pakaian rapi dan tampak baru. Toko-toko dan bengkel yang ada di sekitar Panti Sosial Bina Laras Harapan Sentosa I masih tutup. Suasana hari raya Lebaran masih terasa.

Keluarga pasangan Risan dan Fatima siang itu mendatangi Panti Laras di bilangan Cengkareng, Jakarta Barat. Ini Lebaran pertama keluarga Risan ke panti yang merawat penderita gangguan jiwa. Rogayah, putri sulung mereka, dan adik-adiknya membawa rantang berisi aneka makanan dan kue. Kue bolu. Ketupat. Opor ayam. Itu menu makanan spesial Lebaran untuk Royati, putri Risan dan Fatima.

Kedatangan mereka memang khusus mengunjungi putri kedua keluarga yang tinggal di Kampung Pinggir Rawa, Jakarta Barat. Kulitnya putih, bersih. Tubuhnya tinggi. Ramping. Yati, begitu nama panggilannya, sudah dirawat di panti laras ini lebih dari tiga bulan. Perempuan yang lahir tahun 1983 itu dinyatakan menderita skizofrenia. Continue reading “Hikayat Royati”

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Silent Death in The Nursing Home

More than a hundred of mentally ill patients in government-run nursing home died in short period from 2008 to 2009. A state-run hospital for mentally ill patients and its psychiatrist have contributed to the deaths. 

A number of mentally ill patients live in a government-run nursing home that more look like a prison.

PART 1

Absence of doctors puts patients in danger

ROYATI, 27, smiled while I sit on the bench in front of her. Her mother, father, brother and sister sit close around her. The bald woman whose skin is white seldom to speak to anyone. Yet, she would suddenly smile when someone called her. She is one of the mentally ill patients in Panti Sosial Bina Harapan Sentosa I, a government-run nursing home located in Cengkareng, western Jakarta. It is operated under Social Agency of Jakarta.

“She married at 17,” Rogayah says. She is Royati’s sister.

Royati’s behavior were dramatically changed after she gave birth to a son three years after the marriage. Her husband then left her.

Royati suffers schizophrenia, a psychotic disorder that severely alters the way a person usually thinks and behaves. One who suffers this mental illness might have such hallucinations, delusions, confusion, withdrawal, agitation, or emotional numbness.

In the early stages, Royati often heard sort of whispers. As the whispers came more often, she was caught in her delusion that brought her mind far from reality. The delusion began to screw up her mind. She would even do whenever the whisperer asked for, including burning down the family’s house. Nobody in the family could control her except Risan, her father. Continue reading “Silent Death in The Nursing Home”

Jiwa-jiwa yang Terbuang di Jakarta

All persons with a mental illness… shall be treated with humanity and respect for the inherent dignity of the human person. — United Nations General Assembly. Resolution 46/119: The protection of persons with mental illness and the improvement of mental health care.

Barak khusus bagi penderita gangguan jiwa di sebuah panti laras di Jakarta.

NAMA kamu siapa?” Ronald Antoni menatap mata pasien psikotik yang duduk di seberang mejanya. Ia adalah psikiater dari Rumah Sakit Khusus Duren Sawit, Jakarta Timur, yang bertugas di Panti Sosial Bina Laras Harapan Sentosa I Cengkareng, Jakarta Barat. Sekali dalam seminggu, ia mendatangi dan memberi layanan kesehatan dan konsultasi kepada para pasien psikotik dalam Poliklinik yang ada di kompleks panti. Dalam kerjanya, ia dibantu perawat dari rumah sakit yang sama dan seorang perawat yang berdinas di panti.

“Baardooo…!” Suaranya lantang. Kepalanya mendongak sambil memejamkan mata. Lalu tertunduk.

“Umur kamu berapa sekarang?”

“Tiga enam.”

“Kaki kamu kenapa?”

“Kena tembak waktu peraang!”

“Kapan?”

“Waktu tujuhbelas Agustus empat lima! Pangkat saya sersan mayor! Sekarang letnan dua!”

“Memangnya kamu kerja di mana?”

“Intelijen kepolisian se-Jawa!”  Continue reading “Jiwa-jiwa yang Terbuang di Jakarta”

Despite potential fatality, Department of Health responses sluggishly to prevent H1N1 outbreak

Slowly response in handling H1N1 flu may put vast community in danger.

NUR Arafiah, a 24-year-old nurse at state-run public hospital in West Jakarta, Indonesia, a bit surprises while reading a newspaper article. The article quotes Ministry of Health, Dr Siti Fadillah Supari, statement regarding the current number of H1N1 infection cases.

A billboard at Jl HR Rasuna Said, Jakarta

The report says, within few weeks the pandemic has reach to tens of cases and cause two fatalities. On the last Tuesday, Indonesia recorded its second death from what was believed to have been H1N1, in Sanglah Hospital, Bali. The first was reported two days earlier, a nine-year-old boy died at the Mohammad Djamil General Hospital in Padang, West Sumatra, from an alleged H1N1 virus infection. However, Health Department of Indonesia could not confirm whether the two deaths were in fact caused by H1N1. The Department had also recorded at least 142 confirmed cases of H1N1 in Indonesia this week. Most of these cases were in Jakarta and surrounding areas.

Continue reading “Despite potential fatality, Department of Health responses sluggishly to prevent H1N1 outbreak”