Access to health facilities are important to people, especially for those who live in remote places where there are no accessible health facilities because those places are still hard to access. Amungme and Kamoro Community Development Institute (LPMAK) have established a water-based heath care delivery in Mimika, Papua, with the floating health care clinic in Mimika. It has been operating since October 2015 and have been supporting the local government of Mimika, Papua, in optimizing health care service to coastal areas in Mimika.
These floating health care clinics in Mimika are indeed important for health access in some areas, especially in the coastal area of Mimika. Many of the districts and villages in Mimika regency can only be reached by water.
So far, this floating health care clinic in Mimika have been directly involved in the health care service of the inhabitants in the coastal area of Mimika, from Mimika Timur Jauh district to Amar district.
Mimika Barat Jauh for example, the furthest district in the western area of Mimika is hard to access. With irregular air transportation in this area, water based transportation is the best option. In addition, the transportation cost is quite expensive. The rent cost of one boat is around 12 to 18 million IDR with the duration of travel around 10-12 hours. Another example is Manasari in Mimika regency. This village is on the furthest eastern part of Mimika, Mimika Timur Jauh district. It can only be reached by water transportation, whether through the river or sea, with the duration of travel around 3 hours.
The medical facilities in the floating health care clinic in Mimika is also adequately equipped. They are also assigned with capable medical staffs in adequate numbers, such as doctors, midwives, nurses and analysts. The floating health care clinic in Mimika also cooperates with medical staffs of local Puskesmas (Community Health Centers), supporting Puskesmas, and Mimika regency Health Service. These floating heath care clinic in Mimika are even equipped for small operations. It is proven with the previous cataract operation performed to nine cataract patients in Timika bay village, Mimika Tengah district.
The floating health care clinic in Mimika are also meant to prevent and carry out medical treatments for diseases that are commonly seen in Mimika. In every heath care activities in the coastal areas of Mimika, the floating health care clinics are also assigned with malaria control team from Mimika Malaria Center.
Areas which have not been covered are Jita district, Mimika Barat Tengah district and Mimika Barat Jauh district. Other areas have harder challenges such as Agimuna district where the health care clinic can only reach Fakafuku village, while three other villages, Aramsolki, Kiliarma and Amungun can’t be reached because of its shallow waters. Hopefully, the floating health care clinic in Mimika would soon cover all areas in Mimika regency. Therefore, the health access and standard in Mimika regency, especially the remotes areas which can only be accessed by water can be improved.