Banten lacks nurses and midwives: Governor

Banten Governor Ratu Atut Chosia, said Tuesday that her province needed more nurses and midwives in community health centers (Puskesmas).

“We have sent a request to the Administrative Reforms Ministry to increase the quota of nurses and midwives in Banten,” Atut told

Banten Health Agency head Djaja Budi Suhardja, said that Puskesmas in around 545 villages out of a total 1,545, urgently needed nurses and midwives to reduce the rate of mother and infant mortality, which was 256 cases per 1,000 births in 2008.