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Tuesday, 3 May 2016 - 22:17 WIB

People in Border Areas Must Go to Vanimo for Health Care

The local health center (Pustu Mosso) - Jubi

The local health center (Pustu Mosso) - Jubi

The local health center (Pustu Mosso) - Jubi

The local health center (Pustu Mosso) – Jubi

Vanimo Jayapura, Jubi – Icelina Mabel from Moso Village of Muara Tami Sub-district, Jayapura, complained that the local health center (Pustu Moso) operates only once a week.

“Health workers come to the Pustu Moso once a week to measure babies, give medical check-up for local people but do not give medication or referrals to patients with serious illness. Doctors also rarely come,” Icelina Mabel told Jubi at Moso Village on Monday (2/5/2016).

Patients often don’t know where to go, she said.

“Finally we are forced to go downhill (to Vanimo Hospital),” she said.

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Moso Village is located on the PNG-Indonesia border.

Meanwhile, another villager, Wilem, urged health staffers to come every day, so they can hear the locals complaints.

“People also need socialization and counseling on health issues,” he said.

Earlier Jubi reported that the Health Ministry has disbursed Rp 1.4 trillion for financing the community health services in Papua at regional and municipal levels.

“Within this year, the budget for health from the Central Government, namely the Health Ministry, is Rp 1.4 trillion not Rp 1.3 trillion as previously published. The budget is allocated from the Special Allocation Budget (DAK) of the Health Ministry. It would be allocated for the public health community insurance in Papua Province,” Head of Papua Provincial Health Office Aloysius Giyai in Jayapura on Saturday (13/2/2016).  (Roy Ratumakin/rom)

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