Improving medical access and facilities in Papua are some of the main focus of the Indonesian government under Jokowi administration. During his leadership, there are many health programs that are being developed, such as leprosy, cataract and elephantiasis eradication, free medication for Papua indigenous people, improving referral hospital facilities, and so on. Through those programs, it is hoped that the Papuan people will get more health benefits, especially for those who live in the remote areas.
Furthermore, to improve health access in remote places of Papua, the Provincial Health Office of Papua has given eight units of operational vehicle to the Regency Health Office. These operational vehicles are given to help in improving their services to the people of Papua in remote places. The regencies that are being donated are Jayapura Regency, Keerom Regency, Mappi Regency, Jayapura City, Yalimo Regency, Jayawijaya Regency, Tolikara Regency, and Paniai Regency. The aid is highly appreciated by the Regency Health Office, especially the Paniai Regency Health Office. They also said that those aid will be able to help them in improving their health services.
“The vehicle being donated are Hilux car to support the easy operation for our health services in Paniai Regency and its surrounding,” said the Head of Paniai Regency Health Office, Roby Kayame, cited from AntaraPapua.
With the new operational car, Paniai Regency Health Office hopes that they can improve the health access especially for remote and hard to access areas in Papua. With this aid, they can access those areas through land transportation and will not need to use helicopter all the time. To give even better health access to the Papuan people in remote areas, the Paniai Regency Health Office will also assign more midwives to improve health service to pregnant women in the villages. Currently, the Paniai Regency Health Office has already trained seven midwives that will be assigned in Integrated Health Post Services (Posyandu), Community Health Centers (Puskesmas), and hospitals.
“We will also train the midwives to operate USG on pregnant women,” said the Head of Paniai Regency Health Office, Roby Kayame, cited from AntaraPapua.
Paniai itself is located in mountainous area, which means, the access is quite challenging with many remote places. With the new operation vehicles and additional midwives, it is hoped that the Paniai Regency Health Office can facilitate better health access to the Papuan people.