In the framework of the 3rd anniversary of the Hasanuddin University Faculty of Nursing, the nursing department of the nursing faculty held community service activities with the theme “healthy lifestyles in children with cancer during the pandemic period”. This activity was held on Thursday, October 1, 2020, at the Makassar branch of the Indonesian Cancer Child Love Foundation (YKAKI) or commonly known as “Our House”. The pediatric nursing team consisting of Dr Kadek Ayu Erika, S.Kep., Ns., M.Kes as Head of Department, Tuti Seniwati, S.Kep., Ns., M.Kes and Suni Hariati, S.Kep., Ns., M.Kep who attended directly providing health education to 20 children with cancer who are currently undergoing chemotherapy in the hospital and also accompanied by their parents. This activity was also attended by the head of YKAKI, Mrs Nurul Hijeriyati, S.Pd, and their teachers.
Dr Kadek explained that nutrition is needed by children with cancer for the recovery process after chemotherapy treatment and to boost the child’s immune system. In addition, Dr Kadek recommends processing food properly before consumption, including by washing the fruit and vegetables in running water, boiling, steaming and sauteing food, avoiding foods that contain high sugar, foods that are given preservatives, high salt content, processed meat. fast food because these foods can trigger the growth of cancer cells.
Other things that children need to pay attention to during the pandemic period are washing their hands for 20 seconds using soap or hand sanitizer, using a mask, maintaining a minimum distance of 1 meter, covering the mouth when coughing and sneezing using the upper arm or by using a hand sanitizer. “use a tissue, get enough rest and consume balanced nutrition,” said Nurse Tuti. The educational media used were leaflets and PowerPoint slides.
Apart from education, the team also distributed masks, hand sanitizers, milk, fruit packages, colouring books and crayons. After the distribution of these packages, Nurse Suni followed up with a 7-step handwashing demonstration followed by children with cancer. Besides that, the activities got more festive when the children started listening to fairy tales and colouring. This activity is very beneficial for children with cancer and hopes it will continue, said Ms Nurul. This activity ended with the submission of a placard and a group photo.