The government has been trying their best in improving the standard of living and health of the people in Papua. In order to realize that the government has been making a lot of programs such as, Papua Health Card, building more Community Health Centers, developing medicine awareness program, eradication program of leprosy and cataract, and so on. With these programs, the government expects to create better health access for the Papuan people.
In Mimika, Timika City, one of the measures by the local government to improve the health of the Papuan people is by improving the health services and facilities in the Regional Public Hospital of Mimika, owned by the local government. The local government in Mimika wants to improve the status of the Regional Public Hospital of Mimika from type C hospital to type B hospital. The Ministry of Health has already assigned the Regional Public Hospital of Mimika to be the central referral hospital in Central Papua region. With their new status as the central referral hospital, Regional Public Hospital of Mimika must improve their status to be a type B.
“Everything that are the main requirements for a type B hospital must be fulfilled by the Regional Public Hospital of Mimika. From the availability of health facilities and infrastructures, certified medical staffs, improved quality of service and other requirements,” said the Director of the Regional Public Hospital of Mimika Dr Evelyn SM Pasaribu, MM.Kes, cited from AntaraPapua.
Currently, all of the staffs in Regional Public Hospital Mimika are committed to help the local government to realize these goals. The Regional Public Hospital of Mimika has 430 staffs, including 17 specialist medical doctors, 20 general practitioners, and more than 200 nurses. The incentives for doctors and medical staffs in the Regional Public Hospital of Mimika are quite high. The incentive for a specialist medical doctor is 35 million IDR, general practitioner is 13 million IDR, and for a nurse is 4.5 million IDR.
“The health services in the Regional Public Hospital of Mimika is quite comprehensive. From specialist for internal medicine, surgery, child, OB/GYN, Otorhinolaryngology, eyes, dentistry, radiology, anesthesia and heart,” said Dr Evelyn.
According to Evelyn, the Regional Public Hospital of Mimika needs to increase the number of their specialist doctors to increase its status from type C hospital to type B hospital. For example, the number of internist required for internal medicine is 3, and they only have two. Not only that, they would also need to rejuvenate their old medical tools, because they have not been changed since they were first operating on 2008.
The improvement of the Regional Public Hospital Mimika will improve the health access for the people in Papua. The Papuan people would also have better health services because of those improvements. The Papuan people with chronic diseases who live in Central Papua would also have a new central referral hospital with a more comprehensive selections of specialist services.