Where Does Health Centers Really Exist?

Saturday, 30 January 2016 , 10:00:00 WIB - Opinions

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By: Dedi Mulyadi *)

In public health management, there is Puskemas, a health service facility Tucked at the district level, and its subsidiary called Puskesmas Pembantu (Pustu). When expand the word ‘Puskesmas’, it becomes Pusat Kesehatan Masyarakat or Public Health Center in English.

Once we know the expanded form, we may spell out the phrase to better understand the meaning of Puskesmas. Center means the central part of human activities that is influential for our survival and life.

Health is the highest value in a human’s life cycle. Sundanese people would say, so much wealth in every corner of the world would be meaningless if we have a health problem. This is what is happening these days: A lot of people have enough when it comes to material needs, but food restrictions obstruct their pleasure. For instance, some people can buy sugar, but they can’t consume it. There’s a lot of rice available in the market, but some have to only eat a limited amount of the grain. Meat is abundant, but some have been told to control the cholesterol level in our body. A life like this would be very bothersome.
The examples show how health is essential for our happiness.

Sundanese people also believe that a beautiful environment – where the mountain is green, where the river is clear, rain is enough and birds sing – will give you a long life, a life that is free from conflict, You will undisturbed by politics, and you will be able to surrender to the fate that God Almighty has sealed for you. Such an environment has created even a view among Sundanese people that there is always a blessing behind a tragedy: when someone falls from a tree, they would say that he is lucky that he didn’t die. If he died, they would say it is better than having a difficult life.

Looking these facts, health centers actually exist in the human sense, which is influenced by what we hear, what we see, what we breathe and what we eat. What we hear, what we see, what we breathe and what we eat, which centers around the stomach, the liver, the heart and the brain determine our character. It is within these aspects that humans can really manage and control their health.

*) The writer is the Regent of Purwakarta