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Friday, 28 February 2014 - 03:30 WIB

MEDICAL WORKERS IN REMOTE AREAS NEED TO IMPROVE PERFORMANCE

A public health center in Papua remote area. There is no medical officer give services (AJI Papua)

A public health center in Papua remote area. There is no medical officer give services (AJI Papua)

A public health center in Papua remote area. There is no medical officer give services (AJI Papua)

A public health center in Papua remote area. There is no medical officer give services (AJI Papua)

Timika, 27/2 (Jubi) –  Medical personnel working in the remote areas of Mimika Regency need to improve their performance to serve local communities, said the Head of Puskesmas (Community Health Center) Jita, Mimika Timur Jauh, Saulus Pokniangge.

“Medical staffers need to persuade people to seek a treatment at Puskesmas when they are sick. Because many people in remote areas still believe in other things instead of medical care,” he said on Thursday (27/2) in Timika.

He said every case is different and  therefore treatment is also different. “If we cannot handle a patient’s case, we should refer them to the hospital that has complete medical equipment,” he said. He added that the medical staff for Puskesmas Jita at the moment is sufficient, with 17 nurses, three midwives but a doctor.
“If it’s possible we need some additional doctors to handle patients,” he said.

In order to respond to the public request for better health services in the Mimika Regency, the Health Department of Mimika has added 40 medical personnel consisting of nurses and midwives who will be assigned in several Puskesmas in sub-districts in 2014.
“I have proposed in the Regional Budget the requirement of 40 medical staffers consisting of nurses, midwives and doctors. This proposal is based on the letter issued by the Health Ministry,” Ibrahim Iba, Head of Health Department of Mimika told tabloidjubi.com on Thursday (27/2) in Timika. (Jubi/Eveerth/rom)

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