"We must design our health and education sectors in the best possible way. With no acceleration in the health and education sectors, we will lose a quality generation," Monoarfa said during a virtual discussion titled, "The future is now: Collaborative action to achieve Indonesia Vision in 2045," in Jakarta, Thursday.
The development of Indonesia's vision in 2045 focuses on the transformation of all aspects of people's lives, including transformation in the social, economic, and government sectors that will be supported by transformation enablers that include stability and financing as well as socio-ecological resilience.
The minister believes that various health problems are the main issues that should be resolved if the country is intent on producing healthy, superior, and productive human resources as an effort to contribute optimally to Indonesia's economic progress and growth.
The minister remarked that Indonesia still has homework to eliminate malaria in hundreds of districts and cities. Indonesia is also ranked third for the most leprosy patients in the world and placed second for the most tuberculosis (TB) sufferers in the world.
"Indonesia's future must be started with health. The health roadmap is important in my opinion," Monoarfa emphasized.
In addition, the health sector must be supported by the availability of adequate infrastructure and human resources. All health facilities and infrastructure as well as health workers, including doctors and nurses, must be available at all first-level health facilities, he stressed.
"All community health centers (puskesmas), or first-level health facilities, must have nine health workers," he stated.
The minister also highlighted problems in the education sector, such as those related to elementary schools, where the standards differ across regions.
"Our elementary school is not well-standardized. For example, North Gorontalo District and Gorontalo City have different elementary schools, and also Mappi and Merauke districts have different learning standards," he pointed out.
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