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December 05, 2005

Indonesia isn't really ready

Via Channelnewsasia.com: Indonesia's health system fumbles as bird flu spectre looms.

The government has appointed 44 hospitals nationwide to treat bird flu patients and President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said last week the government was preparing a national monitoring system involving millions of people at village level.

But officials on the ground complain they have not received funds or equipment from the central government, which oversees a health system that was hard-pressed responding to last year's catastrophic tsunami after enduring years of chronic underfunding.

The General Hospital at Garut in densely-populated West Java, about 200 kilometres (124 miles) southeast of Jakarta, had not received any extra funds or equipment since being named as one of the facilities treating bird flu patients, its head of medical services Wijayanti said.


Posted by dymaxion at December 5, 2005 09:26 PM

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