Jakarta (ANTARA) - Minister of Health Budi Gunadi Sadikin emphasized that a healthy society is one of the requisites to become a developed nation.

"I want Indonesia to become a high-income country that our children and grandchildren can enjoy. We have to make sure that residents in any regions are healthy and smart," Sadikin noted in a written statement here on Tuesday.

The minister underscored the need for Indonesia to make the most of the peak of the demographic bonus in 2030 by preparing quality, healthy, and smart human resources.

According to Sadikin, health is a fundamental right that should be prioritized.

The minister stated that one of the efforts to realize a healthy Indonesia is implementing several programs on health transformation, especially the pillar of primary care transformation.

Sadikin affirmed that a healthy community is one of the capitals in welcoming the demographic bonus that Indonesia will experience in 2030.

"To create a healthy population, we must make them happy and focus on public health services in local health centers rather than hospitals," he stated.

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The minister emphasized that health promotion efforts should be intensified rather than letting people fall ill and shell out money for expensive treatments.

Sadikin believes that national health transformation is not easy, as it is correlated to several other sectors, such as food, agriculture, environment, education, and finance, which are sometimes tricky to balance.

Hence, to this end, the minister stated that transformation of the health system requires collaboration with several partners in other sectors and stakeholders.

"Therefore, I would like to reiterate that the Ministry of Health seeks to strengthen collaboration with partners to support the health system transformation," he stated.

Sadikin cautioned that if Indonesia fails to capitalize on the demographic bonus, it will remain stuck in the middle-income trap forever.

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Translator: Sean M, Kenzu
Editor: Yuni Arisandy Sinaga
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