Health Ministry engages diverse societal elements to promote active participation in early cancer screening, emphasizing equitable healthcare access across regions

INDONESIA’S Health Ministry, represented by Director of Prevention and Control of Non-Communicable Diseases, Ibu Eva Susanti, unveiled on Sunday its comprehensive strategy to mobilise public engagement in early cancer detection initiatives nationwide. Bu Susanti highlighted the ministry’s collaborative approach, involving non-governmental organisations, community leaders, and religious figures to encourage widespread participation in cancer screening programs.

Bu Susanti underscored the ministry’s commitment to ensuring accessible healthcare services for all Indonesians, irrespective of geographic location. Emphasising equitable healthcare provision, she affirmed that health services in frontier, outermost, and underdeveloped regions receive the same quality of care and facilities as urban centres. This commitment aims to address disparities and promote health equity across the nation.

Low Public Awareness for Early Detection
Despite ongoing awareness campaigns, Bu Susanti acknowledged that public awareness of early cancer detection remains low. As part of the ministry’s efforts, Bu Susanti reiterated the importance of regular cancer screenings, urging individuals to undergo screening at least once a year. The ministry continues to leverage various communication channels, including social media platforms and door-to-door outreach, to disseminate information and encourage proactive health behaviours.

The government’s initiatives extend beyond awareness campaigns to include substantial investments in healthcare infrastructure and equipment. Since 2022, the government has equipped 10,000 community health centres with ultrasound technology for breast cancer detection. Additionally, efforts to combat cervical cancer involve HPV immunisation and HPV DNA testing, aimed at reducing the prevalence of this preventable disease.

In addressing lung and colon cancer, the government has embarked on a multifaceted approach. Bu Susanti revealed plans to install CT scans in 514 hospitals across districts and cities to facilitate early diagnosis of lung cancer. Furthermore, the government aims to tackle colon cancer, the second leading cause of death among men, by providing colonoscopy equipment in the same number of healthcare facilities nationwide. These initiatives underscore Indonesia’s proactive stance in combating cancer and promoting public health.

Source: Antara News