First, the implementation of the life cycle (approach) as the focus of integrating health services
Jakarta (ANTARA) - The Health Ministry launched the Primary Health Services Integration and Strengthening Health Development Planning program on Thursday with the theme "Strong Primary Services, Healthy Communities."

Director General of Public Health at the ministry Maria Endang Sumiwi said that the integration of primary health services will focus on three areas.

"First, the implementation of the life cycle (approach) as the focus of integrating health services," she informed at the program's launch in Jakarta.

She said that under the life-cycle approach, the ministry will primarily focus on providing primary services for each cycle — from infants, toddlers, children, adolescents, and adults, to the elderly.

The life cycle will be used as a reference by the ministry in providing health services to the community, which will be in accordance with the standards for each life cycle, Sumiwi added.

"Second, the focus of primary service integration aims to bring health services closer through networks to the village and hamlet levels," she disclosed.

The networks will support the strengthening of promotion and prevention of diseases, namely through screening for early detection of diseases in the community, she said.

According to her, this effort will be realized by strengthening health centers, integrated health posts (posyandus), and school and workplace health networks.

"Third, by strengthening regional monitoring through digitalization and monitoring the health condition dashboard per village," she said.

The launch of the program on Thursday was marked by the submission of the Decree of the Minister of Health on the Integration of Primary Health Services to local government representatives.

A memorandum of understanding (MoU) was also signed by the Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Home Affairs, and the Ministry of Villages, Development of Disadvantaged Regions, and Transmigration (PDTT) underlining their commitment to providing primary health services for the community.

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