Red tape hampers treatment of Tangerang baby born without eyelids
The Jakarta Post
A five-month-old baby born without eyelids and with multiple malfunctioning organs in Tangerang, Banten, is facing difficulties in getting treatment due to red tape.
The baby’s mother, Anita, 31, said the treatment of Siti Nurjelita Velly was covered by the Health Care and Social Security Agency (BPJS Kesehatan) and donations, but added that hospitals had rejected requests for treatment, primarily due to the family residing in a different location to where the baby was born.
“The hospitals have been giving us various reasons,” Anita said on Thursday, as quoted by wartakota.tribunnews.com.
Siti was born in Lebak regency, Banten, without eyelids and suffering from a hernia as well as harelip on Dec. 1, 2016. Her parents, both factory workers, now reside in Tangerang regency.
In early April, the parents brought Siti to the Balaraja general hospital. However, due to minimum facilities at the hospital, doctors referred the baby to the Tangerang regency general hospital. (kuk)
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