If You Can't Go to Clinic, It Will Come to You

Schoolchildren in Kramat, Senen, Central Jakarta, wait for dental examination at the Hibiscus mobile clinic on Friday (06/04). (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)

By : JG | on 3:21 PM April 08, 2018
Category : Eyewitness, Multimedia, Photos

Jakarta. Senen sub-district in Central Jakarta has introduced Hibiscus, a mobile service to improve access to health care. Its paramedics tend to patients in their neighborhoods, eliminating costly visits at hospitals that many are unable to afford. They provide free checkups, vaccination, cervical cancer tests, mammograms, HIV tests, dental examination and other preventive services. The Hibiscus car was an old ambulance, which after some major tuning got equipped with sophisticated medical tools that made it become a mobile clinic. It now serves a community of more than 100,000.

Widyaningsih, a midwife and Hibiscus field coordinator, said many people avoid health centers because they are embarrassed, not only of being ill, but also of not having enough money to pay for the most basic medical help. 

"That's why we come to them," she told the Jakarta Globe on Friday (06/04). 

Hibiscus arrives in Kramat neighborhood, Senen, Central Jakarta. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro) Hibiscus arrives in Kramat neighborhood, Senen, Central Jakarta. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)

A health care worker takes a blood sample of a pregnant woman in the Hibiscus mobile clinic. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro) A health care worker takes a blood sample of a pregnant woman in the Hibiscus mobile clinic. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)

Patients wait for a Pap test, which is provided free of charge by Hibiscus paramedics. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro) Patients wait for a Pap test, which is provided free of charge by Hibiscus paramedics. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)

Many women have never had the test before, even though it should be carried out routinely to prevent and detect cervical cancer. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro) Many women have never had the test before, even though it should be carried out routinely to prevent and detect cervical cancer. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)

A midwife performs obstetric ultrasonography on a Hibiscus patient. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro) A midwife performs obstetric ultrasonography on a Hibiscus patient. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)

Oral hygienists teach children how to keep their teeth clean and free of disease. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro) Oral hygienists teach children how to keep their teeth clean and free of disease. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)

Beside preventive services, Hibiscus also provides health care education. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro) Beside preventive services, Hibiscus also provides health care education. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)


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