Government confirms that 2.9 million people do not have access to health facilities

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Jakarta (ANTARA) – The Ministry of Villages, Disadvantaged Areas Development and Transmigration (Kemendes PDTT) has reported that more than 2.9 million people in rural areas lack access to health services.

“According to the data collected, 2,995,942 people do not have access to health facilities. In total, 300,631 of them are extremely poor people,” Kemendes PDTT Secretary General Taufik Madjid said as he read. a speech by PDTT Minister Abdul Halim Iskandar at the Primary Services Integration Launch Event at Ministry of Health Office, Jakarta on Friday.

Iskandar noted that data was recorded during the Village SDGs program as individual micro-scale data collection based on names and places of residence by local neighborhood.

In 2021, national data was collected for 94,158,036 villagers, comprising 27,931,148 families and 321,319 neighborhoods in 62,395 villages.

“For the first time, we know there is additional demand for primary health care facilities,” Madjid remarked.

Primary health facilities include additional health facilities in the form of door-to-door infrastructure and services to cover nearly three million additional villagers in Indonesia.

Regarding maternal and child health, Majid noted that 352,191 pregnant women had to give birth in qualified health facilities.

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“A total of 1,105,353 babies were not exclusively breastfed. Chronic diseases, such as tuberculosis, were recorded among 207,630 villagers and 2,468,550 families do not have access to adequate drinking water, said he declared.

In addition, 933,956 families lacked access to adequate sanitation facilities, of which 300,417 were from extremely poor families in the village, he explained.

Moreover, the number of villagers, who have received health insurance in the form of BPJS Kesehatan, has reached 32,368,468 of whom 4,457,762 are extremely poor, Madjid noted.

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