Ministry seeks to add 5,000 graduate doctors per year

I heard that in Aceh there are also Puskesma who do not have a doctor.

Banda Aceh, Aceh (ANTARA) – To meet the demand for medical professionals across Indonesia, the Ministry of Health aims to increase the number of doctors graduating from universities by increasing their quota by five thousand every year.

“Currently, there are still shortages of doctors in some areas,” Deputy Health Minister Dante Saksono Harbuwo told a public lecture at the 31st Congress of the Indonesian Medical Association (IDI) and the 22nd Congress of the Indonesian Medical Wives Association. (IIDI) here Thursday.

Indonesia still faces challenges in ensuring an equitable distribution of health workers, he noted. Indeed, 671 community health centers (Puskesmas) in Indonesia, 50% of which are located in the regions of Maluku and Papua, have no doctors.

“I heard that in Aceh there are also Puskesmas who don’t have a doctor,” he said.

Meanwhile, the other 5,644 Puskesmas lack all nine types of health workers.

According to the ministry’s website, the nine types of health workers include doctors, dentists, nurses, midwives, public health workers, environmental health workers, medical laboratory technology experts, nutritionists and pharmacists.

In addition, the Deputy Minister said that there are also 155 Regional General Hospitals (RSUD) which have less than seven medical specialists. Therefore, increasing the quota of graduate doctors is important to improve the equitable distribution of doctors throughout Indonesia.

“We need to transform to immediately increase the number of medical graduates, which only reaches 12,000 every year,” he said.

Therefore, the Ministry of Health has agreed with the Ministry of Finance to provide scholarships from the Indonesian Educational Endowment Fund (LPDP) to regional students pursuing medical studies. Upon graduation, they will return to work in their own hometown.

“We also coordinated with the Ministry of Education, Culture, Research and Technology to increase the quota of medical students in universities across Indonesia. It was agreed to increase the quota of 5,000 every year,” he said.

In addition, the implementation of competency-based training for health workers is also insufficient.

“Thus, the transformation of health human resources will be carried out by identifying the number of demands, increasing the quantity, equalizing the distribution and improving the quality of medical personnel,” Harbuwo added.

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