Jakarta to build children's hospitals

Jakarta to build children's hospitals
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Insufficient neonatal intensive care units (NICU) and pediatric intensive care units (PICU) facilities in regional hospitals, have led the city administration to plan the construction of three children's hospitals.

Jakarta Health Agency head Dien Emmawati said on Friday that the administration was now trying to build three children's hospitals that would be equipped with better facilities.

"The hospitals will focus on NICU and PICU services to address the increasing infant-mortality rate," she said, as quoted by beritajakarta.com.

Dien said, however, that she could not elaborate on the plan.

Furthermore, she said, the increasing infant mortality rate had also been attributed to the limited fund allocation from the Social Security Management Agency (BPJS) programme.

"The service is also expensive," she said.

She added that many private hospitals considered the BPJS tariff to be too low and this affected BPJS patients' treatment at private hospitals.

A number of cases recently, including the death of Andini, who was suffering from a lung infection, at Koja Regional Hospital in North Jakarta, last Tuesday, as treatment came too late.

Jakarta Deputy Governor Basuki "Ahok" Tjahaja Purnama acknowledged that many regional hospitals lacked baby facilities.

"Therefore, we will add more facilities to several hospitals, including Koja Regional Hospital and Budi Asih Hospital in East Jakarta," he said.

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