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ECHO Telementoring can be part of cancer prevention efforts: ministry

Jakarta (ANTARA) – The Extension for Community Health Outcomes (ECHO) telementoring can serve as a preventive and promotional effort in the health sector, including for cancer, said the Director General of Health Officers of the Ministry of Health, Arianti Anaya.

“Expanding telementoring through ECHO is a very good effort for us to drive health transformation,” she remarked during the National Cancer Service Expansion: Best Practices and Roadmap for ECHO Telementoring discussion. , which was held online on Thursday.

Considering the increasing prevalence of cancer in Indonesia and the limitations of health personnel and facilities, the government is actively cooperating with the public and private sectors, she said.

This is done to support the prevention, early detection and medication program for cancer patients, she added.

The number of doctors specializing in hematological and oncological medical diseases in Indonesia currently stands at only 188, while the number of surgical oncologists is only 202.

The figure is well below the demand for cancer treatment, where the number of doctors is 0.7 per 100,000 people.

The figure is very low compared to the ratio recommended by the UK’s Royal College of Physicians at 1.42 per 100,000 population.

To this end, Anaya commended the initiative and collaboration between the National Cancer Center at Dharmais Cancer Hospital and Roche Indonesia for the ECHO project in Indonesia.

She said she expects many more healthcare workers and hospitals to participate and adopt the ECHO telementoring program for cancer management.

“And hopefully in the future it can be developed for other diseases,” she remarked.

During the event, the President and Director of Dharmais Cancer Hospital, R. Soeko Werdi Nindito, noted that the ECHO telementoring program can be used as a way to build the capacity of health workers to treat patients with cancer.

In practice, a team of experts provides virtual clinical assistance to improve the capacity of health workers so that they can give the best treatment to people who have not been treated in their areas.

So cancer patients residing in areas with limited access can still receive first aid or treatment, he said.

Since its inauguration seven months ago, several programs have been successfully carried out using the ECHO telementoring method.

They include the ECHO breast cancer program as well as the ECHO childhood cancer program (acute leukaemia) based on the diagnostic approach of the multidisciplinary team (MDT).

Another example is a pilot project for early detection of breast cancer ECHO in Tangerang, Banten, which is carried out through a collaboration between the Indonesian Breast Cancer Foundation (YKPI) and the Breast Cancer Care Community (KPKP ).

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