Minister of Health Will Persuade the Papuan Students to Become Doctors – Minister of Health or Menkes Budi Gunadi Sadikin plans a program of scholarships for study at the Faculty of Medicine for students from Papua and West Papua.

Budi said the plan was to overcome the shortage and unequality of distribution of health workers in the easternmost province of Indonesia.

“We will make a scholarship program, how about all the best high school graduates, in Jayapura, Merauke, Timika, I want to persuade them to wish to be doctors,” said Budi in a meeting with the Committee on the Special Autonomy Law for Papua at the Parliament Complex, Senayan, Jakarta, Monday, June 7, 2021.

Budi said the number of doctors in Indonesia is now only 0.4 doctors per 1,000 population. In Papua and West Papua the figure is even lower than the national average of 0.3 doctors per 1,000 population.

Whereas for the average country in Asia, there is 1 doctor per 1,000 population. The developed countries have 3 doctors per thousand population.

In addition to the lack of human resources for health workers, Budi said that many doctors are still concentrated on the Java Island. “The doctors were concentrated in Java, they didn’t want to be sent to Papua, we made a judicial review rule, but we were lost,” said Budi.

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Budi said this problem has been happening in Indonesia for more than two decades. Therefore, he plans to encourage the smart students from Papua and West Papua to be willing to be doctors with scholarships from the government. The condition is that they must return and serve in Papua after graduation.

Budi also said he would communicate this plan with the Minister of Finance Sri Mulyani Indrawati and the Minister of Education, Culture, Research and Higher Education Nadiem Makarim. He will also coordinate with the Faculty of Medicine at a number of universities, such as the University of Indonesia or Airlangga University.

“I’m sure all parents in NTT, Merauke, Timika, Jayapura, if their children are offered to become a doctor, they should want to. They have to be ready to go home as soon as they graduate, don’t then work in Jakarta or Jogja,” said Budi

This plan is one part of the transformation of human resources in the health sector launched by the Ministry of Health. In addition, Minister of Health Budi Gunadi revealed five other transformation plans in the health sector. It is starting from the transformation of primary services, transformation of secondary services, transformation of health resilience, and transformation of the health financing system. He also hopes that the Papuan Special Autonomy Bill can be in line with these four transformation plans.

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