Many doctors still unaware of govt TB program: Minister
Health Minister Endang Rahayu Sedyaningsih said Wednesday there were many doctors and hospitals conducting practices that were inconsistent with the government's health service program, particularly in the fight against tuberculosis.
The current government-approved method of TB treatment is the DOTS program (Directly Observed Treatment Shortcourse).
"The DOTS program has been applied at all of the government’s health institutions, but for private hospitals this has not been fully adopted," Endang said in Jakarta at an event held in recognition of World Tuberculosis Day, which falls on March 24 each year.
Endang said some doctors in private practices often failed to inform their patients that free TB treatments were available at community health centers (Puskesmas).
"We will make sure doctors, especially the fresh graduates, are aware of the government's programs, so they will not conduct practices that go against them," she said.
Almost 6 percent of the world's tuberculosis patients are in Indonesia, which is ranked third in the world after India and China in terms of numbers of TB sufferers.
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