Tue, 16 Aug 1994

Districts need doctors

PALANGKARAYA, Central Kalimantan: Two districts located along the Katingan river in Kotawaringin Timur regency are in dire need of doctors and medical service.

Antara reported yesterday that residents of the Katingan Hulu and Marikit districts had to travel to other areas, cruising the river which is dotted with rapids in order to find doctors.

Nurse Gustini, chief of the Tembang Hiran community health center in Marikit said the center has faced difficulty in handling people with serious illnesses because there have been no permanent doctors for the past 10 years.

Doctors from the provincial health office visit the areas only once a year, she added. (par)