My Own Happiness Project

My Own Happiness Project
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20080628

leaving on a jet plane...... beluran day 1......

I thought I posted something on my definite transfer to Beluran, when in fact it was just a mention in another entry. No wonder so many people still give the "What the... what are you doing in Beluran!?" look when the topic comes casually in our conversation.

Well, it is final, the letter came 5 days back dated. I received the news with much hope for an appeal on the 18th, and the summon paper (transfer letter) came on 20th, dated 16th June. Sigh. I went to see the Boss immediately, but somehow I think I would benefit from my experience there, so I didn't put up much a fight.

Newsflash: Beluran is now the biggest district in Sabah after Kinabatangan broke off from Tongod.

So on Thursday, I went to visit Beluran for the first time.

I've posted a similar picture of MAS's new outlook that's supposed to be more cheerful. I don't know what to think of it. People actually thought I purposely put random colours on the seats to show my Photoshop skill - heck no, the only manipultion I made here is to remove colours from non-seats. This is real!

I wouldn't miss an opportunity to snap a picture of the mountain against the sunrise...

I arrive at Telupid Clinic which is under the administrative management of Beluran Health Office. This clinic is located right in the middle of the road connecting east coast and west coast of Sabah, so the patient load can be quite impressive for a Health Clinic. Functioning almost like a Hospital without the actual facilities, my poor doctors are struggling to fight for their patients' survival.

But I like to quote myself, (hehe) that Public Health is a place only for the creative and innovative, because we are working in a substandard environment most of the time.

Telupid Health Clinic is only one of the 5 general Health Clinics in the district, with 1 only accessible by river. There is a main Maternal and Child Health Clinic in town, and another seven Rural Clinics (manned by either one or two nurses) 3 of which only accessible by river, all scattered all over Beluran.

I have a ninja or a fortuner to shuttle me around, but I actually look forward to my supervisions where I would have to take boats to reach. Wow, I will be bringing my dSLR!!

all photos taken with RICOH Caplio GX8
by PicHarmonics Photography

2 comments:

Aditi said...

Maternal and child Health is of utmost importance. Its startling to know that more than half a million women die in pregnancy and childbirth every year -
that's one death every minute. I also came across a community on orkut http://www.orkut.co.in/Community.aspx?cmm=47234928 which represents the UN campaign against poverty of which child and maternal health is one of the 7 major goals.
That's a step in the right direction by the US House. Maternal and child Health is of utmost importance. Its startling to know that more than half a million women die in pregnancy and childbirth every year - that's one death every minute.
I also came across community on orkut
http://www.orkut.co.in/Community.aspx?cmm=47234928
which represents the UN campaign against poverty of which child and maternal health is one of the 7 major goals.
Maternal and child health is very important.

ARTEo said...

thanks dude.. yea its very important