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Faculty of Medicine will hold Annual Scientific Meeting 2010. This time it will discuss new developments to improve public health. One of the topics to be discussed is transmissible diseases that are often paid less attention than AIDS, TB, malaria and DBD. “These diseases attract less attention, but it is important to discuss them and find solutions,” said specialist, dr. Yanri Wijayanti, Ph.D., Sp.PD,” Monday (1/3) at the Senate Meeting Room of the Faculty, UGM.

In the meeting to be held from 4-6 March there are several subjects to be covered, including andropause, synchronisation of public health insurance and regional health insurance, hospital service quality, cancer, tumour, tropical dermatology, glaucoma and metabolic syndrom.

Yanri said that a recommendation would be made to the Government, who will make a decision, and the industry sector. Asked by the press on preventive and promotional health efforts, Yanri replied that the Government should enhance the promotional efforts. In her opinion the Government did more on curative health. “A lot of Government's funds has been used for curative efforts, which indeed cost a lot of fortune through the public health insurance,” she said.

Meanwhile, Chairman of the Meeting, Prof. Dr. dr. Teguh Aryandono, Sp. B(K)Onk, highlighted cancer preventive measures. In his opinion, the number of people with cancer is increasing, among them are housewives who suffer from breast cancer. “In Sarjito Hospital, there are as many as 250-300 new cases,” he added.

Teguh said that formerly breast cancer has hit women who have passed menopause, but recently it is suffered by women aged 30-45 years old. “Most patients in Indonesia are less than 50 years old, often less than 45 or 30. One or two are 20,” he explained. The increase among young women can be found not only in Indonesia but also Asia. “Something is wrong with the environment. This is about healthy lifestyle and preventive efforts,” he explained.

On HIV, dr. Yanri mentioned the number of people with HIV undergoing medical treatment in Sarjito Hospital, which is 170 or a sharp increase from 115 in the previous year. “In average, there are 170 people undergoing treatment, mostly women from monogamous family.” he ended.