Asiki Clinic medical team actively pick up pregnant women so they could give birth in the clinic according to the right procedure. This has managed to reduce maternal mortality rate to zero.
Papua (Antara) – The presence of Asiki Clinic in Boven Digoel, Papua became a real proof of Korindo Group’s contribution in improving the health quality of people in remote areas. Living in a border area with minimum support infrastructure certainly has various challenges in health field which must be faced by the medical team. One challenge is reducing the mortality rate of pregnant and delivering women, and newborn babies.
The mortality rate is indeed quite high in Indonesia. Based on the data obtained by ASEAN Secretariat, the Maternal Mortality Ratio (MMR) in Indonesia is the second highest after Laos among other ASEAN countries. The MMR in Indonesia reached 309/100,000 women in labor. Cases of maternal and newborn mortality in Indonesia often occurred in areas where health services are less adequate.
Therefore, efforts to reduce MMR and newborn mortality rate become one of eight priority programs in Asiki Clinic. The medical team went straight to the location in handling this case by improving health services for mothers, toddlers, and Family Planning (KB).
To reach mothers living in remote villages, Asiki Clinic encouraged Mobile Service program in cooperation with local public health centers. Through the mobile service, the team of doctors would visit mothers living in remote areas to be given health education.
“We do promotion from village to village, encourage them to give birth in the clinic with complete facilities,” said dr. Firman Jayawijaya as the Manager of Asiki Clinic. As a result, thanks to the hard work so far, it was recorded there are no cases of maternal mortality during the period of 2015-2018.
According to dr. Firman, prior to the presence of the clinic, which was built by Korindo Group, the cause of the high maternal mortality rate is the culture factor passed down from generations to generations. Since the past, the local community have always believed that giving birth in a tent or in the forest is better compared to giving birth in other places.
Where in fact giving birth in the forest with the lack of sterile health facilities and competent medical personnel will greatly endanger the condition of mothers and the babies given birth to. This mindset is slowly changed by the team from the clinic by inviting mothers to give birth in Asiki Clinic with more adequate facilities and personnel.
On the other hand, the geographic factor cannot be denied as one of the difficulties faced. Many pregnant women in villages are located quite far from Asiki Clinic location. However, the doctors in high spirit continue to pick up the women one by one to be taken to the clinic and give birth with proper medical procedures, in order to reduce MMR in remote areas.
Other benefits given is all medical health facilities provided by Asiki Clinic is free for Papua local community. This becomes the company’s commitment to provide non-commercial primary health services for people in Papua.
Anna Ametong, one of the patients in Asiki Clinic was also grateful for the free health services. “Medical treatment becomes closer and better,” Anna said while getting checked for her and her child’s health.
In addition, Asiki Clinic also gave medical health through the general poly, dental poly, adequate laboratory, and health education and nutritional status improvement of the community. For its commitment and contribution to the community, Asiki Clinic was awarded as the Best Primary Health Facility (FKTP) at national level by BPJS Health last August 2019.