Wamena, Jubi – The Health Community Center (PKM) at Musatfak Sub-district, Jayawijaya Regency, is often closed and fails to provide health service to the population.
Ambulance driver at PKM Mutsatfak, Dian Sesari, admitted the service has not run well due to internal problems.
“PKM Chief is often out of duty, travelling out of Wamena. This prompts other health workers who are mostly civil servants to rarely come to the health center. Only the part-timers come to the health center,” Dian told Jubi at Musatfak on last week.
It takes an hour from Wamena for twenty-five health workers to come to the health center, which is 25 kilometers away. Only 13 health workers, including a doctor, remain on staff but they also come to the office rarely.
When people seek treatment, they often find it was closed. So they go to the Church House Parish St. Fransiscus Musatfak where located near to the health center. “If people found the staffs were not there, they went to the Church House because of limited funds we have. The chief hold all the funds,” said Dian who’s part-timer and paid only 3 million per month. Another part-timer Lisa admitted she often gives medicine to the patients though she is actually only an administrative staff.
“Sometimes we are difficult to get transportation to the health center. Actually we are provided with official car but it’s not clear so we have to use the public transportation to Musatfak and it costs Rp 80 thousand for return,” said Lisa.
Musatfak religious leader the Rev. Ivan Simamora said since the health center was took over by the new chief in 2015, the workers are rarely to come. “Comparing with the former chief, the new chief is bad. Once he said he would stay at the sub-district to open the electrical network at the health center. But it is only an empty promise,” said the Rev Simamora. (Islami Adisubrata/rom)