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The ministry launches a program to increase the number of specialized health workers

…it will take at least 10 years – possibly more – to catch up with the minimum number of doctors to meet WHO standards to serve 270 million Indonesians.

Jakarta (ANTARA) – The Ministry of Health has launched an Education Assistance Program (PBP) for doctors and dentists to accelerate efforts to ensure the even distribution of specialist health workers in facilities healthcare across Indonesia.

Heart disease is the most common disease in Indonesia, Health Minister Budi Gunadi Sadikin noted at a virtual press conference on Thursday.

“Yet many provinces cannot provide cardiac treatment. Therefore, if treatment is needed, patients should be taken to other provinces (where such treatment is available),” he added.

The availability of medical specialists, especially for chronic diseases, in health facilities across Indonesia is disproportionate since many of them work in major cities, he noted.

Therefore, he said his ministry aims to ensure that all provincial health facilities can provide treatment for heart disease by 2024.

Moreover, according to data from the World Health Organization (WHO), the ratio of doctors to citizens in developed countries is 3 to 5 doctors per 1,000 inhabitants.

According to this ratio, Indonesia currently lacks about 130,000 doctors, the minister said.

“There are only 12,000 doctors graduating per year, so it will take at least 10 years – if not more – to catch up with the minimum number of doctors to meet WHO standards to serve 270 million Indonesians,” he said. he pointed out. out.

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Thus, to rapidly increase the number of health workers, the Ministry of Health is working with the Ministry of Finance to offer the PBP to doctors and dentists.

In addition, the Ministry of Health cooperates with the Ministry of Education, Culture, Research and Technology to provide tuition assistance, which can be obtained through the Endowment Fund program Indonesian for Education (LPDP).

Sadikin said the educational assistance is part of the efforts initiated to implement the fifth pillar of health system transformation, namely the transformation of health human resources to accelerate the equitable distribution of medical workers across Indonesia. .

Registration for the exchange will be open from June 6 to June 26, 2022 and will be accessible via the website

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