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Jakarta Post

World Health Day: Puskesmas increasingly preferred place for medical treatment

  • Sudibyo M. Wiradji

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, April 17 2018   /  12:25 am
Health matters: A doctor checks the health of a patient at Sawah Besar community health center (Puskesmas) in Central Jakarta.(JP/Seto Wardhana)(Puskesmas) in Central Jakarta.(JP/Seto Wardhana)

Health matters: A doctor checks the health of a patient at Sawah Besar community health center (Puskesmas) in Central Jakarta.(JP/Seto Wardhana)World Health Day is celebrated on April 17 annually across the world. This year’s celebration was themed “Universal health coverage: everyone, everywhere” with the slogan “Health for All”. To celebrate World Health Day, The Jakarta Post is running a special edition, addressing the issue of healthcare access, the Healthcare and Social Security Agency (BPJS Kesehatan) and life style-related diseases.At dawn, when most people were getting ready for their daily activities at home, a crowd of patients swarmed a Puskesmas (community health center) in Limo subdistrict, Depok, even though the door of the center was tightly locked.

The sleepy-looking patients, some of whom were coughing and sneezing children, had to wait outside the facil...