Indonesia should maximize production and innovation of medical equipment instead of relying on imports, the Coordinating Human Development and Cultural Affairs Minister Puan Maharani said during the opening of Health Development and Medical Supplies Production exhibition hosted by the Ministry of Health at JIExpo in Kemayoran, Jakarta on Friday (18/11). (BeriSatu Photo)

Local Production of Medical Equipment Needed to Boost Health Care Industry

BY :DHANIA PUTRI SARAHTIKA

NOVEMBER 30, 2016

Jakarta. Indonesians should maximize production and innovation of medical equipment instead of relying on imports, the Coordinating Human Development and Cultural Affairs Minister Puan Maharani said during the opening of Health Development and Medical Supplies Production exhibition hosted by the Ministry of Health at JIExpo in Kemayoran, Jakarta on Friday (18/11).

According to Puan, almost 90 percent of equipment and medicines in Indonesia are imported.

"It would be wonderful if our health care services could be equipped with locally made supplies. We are already capable of innovation and can independently produce our own," Puan said.

Since the government has set up programs to make health care more inclusive, it means that a larger quantity of supplies are needed to make sure patients receive adequate treatment.

Puan also mentioned the growth of the local medical industry, which has seen the increase the number of manufacturers of health care equipment and medicine increase from 193 to 211 this year.

Diversification of the supplies also shows that there is good progress as there are now 261 types of supplies compared to 255 last year.

Not only do the government and medical industries contribute to the growing heath care industry locally, but university students and research institutions also partake in developing the profession. At the exhibition, university students and researchers also exhibited their medical innovations.

Among the products were bone graft "GamaCHA" and hydrocephalus therapy equipment "INA Shunt" by Gadjah Mada University students; orthopedic implants by Agency for the Assessment and Application of Technology, or BPPT; patient monitor and prosthetic legs by Bandung Institute of Technology students; and  viscometer and dental curing lights by University of Indonesia students.

"Let us join hands to be a healthy nation by supporting the medical industry and local production," Puan concluded.

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