IDB support to strengthen referral health services: Minister

Jakarta (ANTARA) – Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati expects support worth 4.2 trillion rupees, or $293 million, from the Islamic Development Bank (IDB) to contribute to realize the government’s commitment to strengthen health services in Indonesia.

“I would like to commend the IDB for supporting the strengthening of the national project on referral hospitals and vertical technical units,” Indrawati noted during the inauguration of the strengthening works of national referral hospitals and vertical technical units on Thursday. .

The Minister expects the IDB’s support to become a catalyst for improving health services in referral hospitals in Indonesia.

The support was provided to improve maternal and child services in six vertical hospitals in Indonesia, starting with the Central General Hospital (RSUP) Prof. Dr. IGNG Ngoerah in the province of Bali.

In addition, other hospitals include Dharmais Cancer Hospital and Persahabatan Hospital in Jakarta; Dr. Hasan Sadikin Hospital in Bandung City, West Java Province; Dr. Sardjito Hospital in Yogyakarta; and RSUP Dr. Wahidin Sudirohusodo in Makassar City, South Sulawesi Province.

The minister noted that the program is part of health reform in Indonesia by strengthening basic health services, from community health centers (puskesmas) to referral hospitals.

Indrawati noted that the government has allocated a huge amount of money to implement the national economic recovery program and to manage the COVID-19 pandemic since 2020.

Budget allocation for health has been increased from 5% in 2021 to 9.4% in 2022, reaching Rs 255.3 trillion, Indrawati noted.

On the same occasion, Minister of Health, Budi Gunadi Sadikin, said IDB’s support aligns with the Indonesian government’s attempts to accelerate the achievement of the goals of the six pillars of the National Health Transformation Agenda. .

The pillars included improving primary services, referral services, health resilience systems, health financing, health human resources and health technologies.

The transformation of the reference service is carried out through the improvement of the network of reference hospitals, the transformation of the vertical hospital service, the collaboration with global institutions, as well as the implementation of the university health system.

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