Even though during the Covid Pandemic, it did not dampen the intention of the Unhas Faculty of Nursing community service team in sharing knowledge with hypertensive patients. Activities that were usually carried out by gathering each hypertensive patient in the Batua Puskesmas Hall were changed by means of health education, especially about a diet low in salt and natural spices as a substitute for salt through social media What’s app which was of course for the implementation of health education individually or in small groups.
A total of 28 hypertensive patients, most of whom were from Batua Puskesmas, were facilitated by Surveillance Rita, SKM in terms of providing data, making it easier for the team to implement the community service program.
This activity was chaired by Dr. Elly L. Sjattar, S.Kp., M.Kes, whose members were Dr. Yuliana Syam, S.Kep., Ns., M.Si,; Abdul Majid, S.Kep, Ns, M.Kep. SP. KMB.; Andi Masyitha Irwan, S.Kep, Ns, MAN, Ph.D,; Dr. Rosyidah Arafah, S.Kep, Ns, M.Kep. SP. KMB and Suharno Usman, S.Kep, Ns, M.Kep.
Participants also appreciated this activity as evidenced by the fast response during education, follow-up and evaluation through what’s app.
Hj. Rabi, one of the participants suggested that this kind of activity could be continued with different materials, such as Stress Management for DM patients so that patients with DM were always updated with their knowledge about prevention of wounds and overcoming increased blood sugar.
Head of the Puskesmas, namely dr. Hj. Hadarati, M.Kes welcomed this community service activity.
“This training can help hypertensive patients control their blood pressure by limiting salt intake,” Hadaraty hoped.
This activity was in collaboration between the Community Service Team of the Faculty of Nursing UNHAS (lecturers, KKN PK students and PSMIK Alumni) and the Makassar Batua Community Health Center Surveillance.