Puskesmas Needed in Kelapa Gading BaratBERITAJAKARTA.COM — 16/03/2011 15:30:44
The presence of community health center (Puskesmas) is very important in the neighbourhood due to its services and affordable fees and medicines to assure people`s health. But unfortunately, not all neighbourhood have Puskesmas in their area. For instance in Kelapa Gading Barat Urban Village, Kelapa Gading, North Jakarta. To get to the nearest Puskesmas, local residents must go through four kilometers long to reach Kelapa Gading sub-district Puskesmas. Or they can go to the nearest hospital which is more expensive.
For that reasons, the residents of Kelapa Gading Barat Urban Village are hoping Jakarta Municipality will build Puskesmas there.
"The Puskesmas available in Kelapa Gading is pretty far from our location, and if we must go to the hospital it will cost us more money," said Iyus Yustini (35), residents of RT 07/01, Kelapa Gading Barat.
Darmawan, Chief of Kelapa Gading Urban Village, said that his officials have proposed an establishment of a Puskesmas in his area many times to the Jakarta Municipality.
"We already planned this for a long time, but there is no land available for now," he stated, Wednesday (3/16).
Kurnianto Amin, North Jakarta Head of Health Agency, admitted the establisment of Puskesmas in Kelapa Gading Barat Urban Village is not included in this year health service improvement program. But in 2012, the program will be proposed with two other urban village areas in North Jakarta.
"For now, we are focusing on rehabilitating inpatient rooms on 3 Puskesmas in the North Jakarta Urban Village," explained Kurnianto.
While last year, his officials have rehabilitated 7 Puskesmas in North Jakarta, which are Puskesmas Sukapura, Puskesmas Warakas, Puskesmas Kalibaru, Puskesmas Semper Barat II, Puskesmas Pademangan Barat II, Puskesmas Sunteragung I and Puskesmas Cilincing, he added.