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Equitable distribution of health workers supports HR transformation

Human resources are one of the important pillars of the transformation of the health system. We hope that these human resources can accompany other transformations

Jakarta (ANTARA) – The equal distribution of health workers across Indonesian regions is part of crucial efforts to support health human resources (HR) transformation, according to the Director of Health Workforce Planning at the Ministry of Health. Health, Sugiyanto.

“One of the important pillars of health system transformation is human resources. We hope that these human resources will be able to support other transformations,” Sugiyanto said at the Employee Recruitment Health Conference. of the government under contract (PPPK) here on Friday.

The transformation of health workers into referral services, primary services or health resilience is increasingly crucial in the role of HR in the health sector, he added.

Sugiyanto drew attention to a quality gap in health facilities in remote and underdeveloped areas while stressing the need to improve the quality and competence of health workers according to the needs of health services in several regions.

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The transformation should promote a nationwide equitable distribution of all health workers to become facilitators of health service delivery to the community.

“Without the availability of adequate and evenly distributed health workers, in terms of type, number and skill, health facilities will not be able to deliver optimal health services,” he stressed.

With an equitable distribution, various health problems, such as the lack of doctors at the Community Health Center (Puskesmas), could be solved. So far, more than 10,000 or about 6% of Puskesmas in Indonesia do not have a doctor, he said.

In addition to Puskesmas, 42% of Regional General Hospitals (RSUD) at district and city level do not have enough medical specialists. The supply and demand for healthcare workers are also not balanced, Sugiyanto noted.

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He also admitted that in order to improve the quality of services, his team had implemented several programs for health workers.

These programs include adding subjects related to nine priority diseases for medical specialists, providing scholarships for health workers to improve continuing education skills, utilizing the health of overseas graduates who are Indonesian citizens ( WNI) and the recruitment of civil servants and PPPK.

“The Ministry of Health will continue to encourage the development and equal distribution of medical specialists and other health workers, as needed, ensuring full utilization and quality improvement for other health specialists,” he concluded.

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