Jakarta (ANTARA) - Health Minister Budi Gunadi Sadikin accentuated that commemoration of the 58th National Health Day (HKN) could become a momentum for a major overhaul in Indonesia's national health system.

"Hopefully, the 58th National Health Day would become a momentum and a big point of change in the Indonesian national health system and also the Ministry of Health," the minister stated at the commemoration of the 58th National Health Day titled "Rise Up My Indonesia, Healthy My Country" in Jakarta on Saturday.

As the COVID-19 pandemic is currently under control, the minister reminded his staff regarding the time left in conducting transformation of the national health system.

Sadikin outlined six pillars in the transformation of the national health system. The first pillar is the transformation of the primary service system by reinforcing all integrated health center (posyandu), community health center (puskesmas), and public health laboratories and providing digital technology-based health services to them.

The second pillar is the transformation of the referral or hospital service system.

"We will ensure that all hospitals are equipped with sufficient resources, both in terms of medical devices and health human resources, to be able to treat diseases that are causing the highest death rate in Indonesia now," he stated.

The third pillar is transforming the health resilience system by ensuring health resilience in the form of vaccines, medicines, and medical devices that are built within the country. This is then followed by increasing the capabilities of experts for research and development in that field.

The fourth pillar is the transformation of the health financing system, while the fifth pillar is the transformation of health human resources.

"All puskesmas must have a doctor and a complete health workforce. Each hospital must have nine specialist doctors," he remarked.

The minister later noted that the sixth pillar was health technology transformation to prepare the Health Ministry in the future.

"We must develop our health information technology to be ready and based on digital technology to facilitate access to health for the community in the future," he stated.

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