Improving the well being and welfare of Papuan people are one of the main focus of the government. One of their solution to increase the welfare in Papua is by eradicating prominent health problems such as cataract, leprosy, and elephantiasis eradication. Now the government also want to improve the health access in Papua by creating free health card, such as Papua Health Card and Healthy Indonesia program. Furthermore, they also create a better health access in Papua by building more health facilities, increase the number of medical staffs, and improve health services in Papua, especially in remotes places.
One of the measures to improve the health access in Papua by improving the services and facilities of class C hospital level into a class B hospital level to become referral hospital. One of the C hospitals being improved to B class hospital to become a referral hospital is the Regional Public Hospital in Biak Numfor Regency. The Regional Public Hospital in Biak Numfor Regency is now a referral hospital for patients in the regional area of Saereri Gulf. Now, patient that comes from Supiori Regency, Waropen, Yapen Island and Mamberamo Raya Regency can go to Regional Public Hospital in Biak Numfor Regency to seek for better health care.
As a B class hospital, health facilities in the Regional Public Hospital of Biak Numfor Regency are top notch, from the nurses, midwives, specialist doctors, and other health staffs. The Public Health Offices have also increased the facilities and health services of Regional Public Hospital in Biak Numfor Regency in the recent years. Currently, Regional Public Hospital in Biak Numfor Regency handles around 400-500 patients a day who come from villages and districts around Biak Numfor Regency. The improvements of health facilities and services in Biak Numfor will also be continued in order to ensure a better health access in Papua. The House of Representatives IX Commissioner of the Republic of Indonesia, Robert Rouw, also hopes that the health services in Papua can also directly reach the needs of Papuan people, even to most remote villages.
“Government through the Ministry of Health has already prioritizes health workers in Biak to improve their qualification to become specialist doctors,” said Robert Rouw, cited from AntaraPapua.
The improvement of health facilities and services are some of the solutions provided by the government to improve health access in Papua. Hopefully, these necessary steps will greatly contribute the overall welfare of the people in Papua.