Jayapura, 20/3 (Jubi) – Because of a shortage of health workers in Walma district in Yahukimo, many sick people have been left untreated and died, said a local student.
Urbanus Iksomon, a student from Yahukimo told reporters in Jayapura Thursday (20/3) he and other students conducted a survey for four months there and found that many nurses and doctors avoided work and preferred to live in Wamena and Jayapura.
“The Department of Health should monitor all the nurses and doctors who do not work well and refuse to treat sick patients, while they still get paid,” Iksomon said.
As a result, some people who were sick died without getting medical treatment, he said. He said in some villages, there were no single health worker.As many as 51 district heads hardly showed up for work and failed to take an action on public complaints about issues such as education, health and infrastructure, the student said.
Dr Raflus Doranggi , member of Aids Control Commission in Jayapura, said the maternal and child health condition in Papua is very alarming.
“The health issue in Papua is not only at the technical level but a lack of an effective regulatory framework by the legislature,” Raflus told tabloidjubi.com. (Jubi / Aprila/ Tina)