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University to meet demand for doctors

Catholic campus aims to address drastic shortage of health workers

The Bishop of Surabaya (center) with university board The Bishop of Surabaya (center) with university board
  • Parulian Tinambunan, Surabaya
  • Indonesia
  • May 4, 2011
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To tap increasing demand for doctors and healthcare staff on Java, a Catholic university in Surabaya, East Java, today launched its new healthcare campus.

The “Campus of Health for Integrated Humans,” which is part of the Catholic University of Widya Mandala, oversees departments of pharmacy, psychology, nursing, medicine and philosophy.

“This is the concept of health care which has been planned for a long time: holistic, comprehensive and spiritual health,” said Dr. W.F. Maramis, the university’s dean of medicine faculty at the launch.

He said he hoped the new campus will meet a  shortage of doctors and healthcare workers in the country.

According to the World Health Organization, the normal ration should be one doctor per 2,500 people. However, in Indonesia the ratio is one doctor for 4,000 people.

Also attending the launch was Bishop Vincentius Sutikno Wisaksono of Surabaya.

The prelate said in his speech that the new campus should not only serve as a flagship.

“Future doctors produced by this campus will have to serve people in a proper and better way,” he said.

Based on statistics from the education board of East Java province, Widya Mandala is one of five prominent universities in the province and one of 50 nationwide.

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