6 Jun 2013

Papua Governor dispatches 102 doctors across Indonesian province

1:50 pm on 6 June 2013

The new governor of Indonesia's Papua region, Lukas Enembe, has dispatched 102 doctors to start delivering health care services for people in remote areas across Papua.

The Jakarta Post reports that the doctors have been sent to Papua by Indonesia's Ministry of Health in response to a request by Governor Enembe.

He says with the additional doctors, it's expected that people will get better access to health care services, and that those with serious conditions can be immediately referred to hospitals.

Mr Enembe also says it's hoped that the doctors will create better awareness of the importance of environmental health in the local West Papuan communities where unhygienic conditions can lead to the spread of diseases.