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By The Way: Finding the silver lining -- in 16 cents of dental care

  • The Jakarta Post

  /   Sun, November 30 2008   /  10:31 am

It recently occurred to me that our media has slowly but surely transformed itself in a doomsday information source. The latest global developments have all but plunged it into a murky well of economical grief. Is there nothing but sadness to talk about, I wondered? Surely there must be a silver lining breaking through these ominous cloud banks. It cannot be all that bad I told myself. And eureka ... I found it in my own backyard, so to speak. There is, after all, a shaft of light feebly sending its groping rays into the monstrous, shadowy corners. I am talking about the numerous public health centers (puskesmas) spread over the archipelago which in my opinion are doing a good job. At least on this level, we should give praise where praise is due. Apart from the bird flu debacle which is not showing any signs of improvement, the government's poverty programs are t...