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Poor resource setting hindering surgeries based on Indonesian general surgeon competencies in West Timor, Indonesia

Deasy Ayuningtyas Tandio , Teguh Dwi Nugroho, Jupiter Liufetto, Wayan Wahyu Sutrisna, Aditya Leonard Tandio

Deasy Ayuningtyas Tandio
Public health officer, Timor Tengah Utara Health Department, East Nusa Tenggara province, Indonesia. Email: deasytandio@gmail.com

Teguh Dwi Nugroho
General surgeon in (RSUD) Kefamenanu General Hospital, Timor Tengah Utara, East Nusa Tenggara province, Indonesia

Jupiter Liufetto
General Surgeon in (RSUD) Soe General Hospital, Timor Tengah Selatan, East Nusa Tenggara province, Indonesia

Wayan Wahyu Sutrisna
General Surgeon in (RSPP) Betun General Hospital, Malaka, East Nusa Tenggara province, Indonesia

Aditya Leonard Tandio
Postgraduate student in public health, Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences, University of Melbourne, Australia
Online First: January 15, 2017 | Cite this Article
Tandio, D., Nugroho, T., Liufetto, J., Sutrisna, W., Tandio, A. 2017. Poor resource setting hindering surgeries based on Indonesian general surgeon competencies in West Timor, Indonesia. Indonesia Journal of Biomedical Science 11(1): 16-20. DOI:10.15562/ijbs.v11i1.132


Background: A surgeon is trained and educated to do a wide-range of surgeries but some surgeries may not materialize due to lack of supporting facilities or other essentials. Our objective is to provide an insight of what type of surgery that can or cannot be done in a poor resource setting in West Timor, Indonesia. Methods: Ours is a cross-sectional and qualitative study conducted in the only general hospital in each district town: Soe (TTS), Kefamenanu (TTU), and Betun General Hospital (Malaka). The data were collected from the surgeons in each district. We listed whether the surgeries in the Indonesian surgeon competencies can or cannot be done in the district public hospitals and we interviewed the surgeons about the facilities lacking in their hospitals. Result: From a total of 184 surgeries in the competency list, the percentage of surgeries that cannot be done in Soe was 38.59% (f=71), Kefa 20.11% (f=37), and Betun 30.43% (f=56). The figures included some emergency surgeries unavailable in three hospitals. Conclusion: Poor resources hindered the surgeons from delivering the services they were trained for.

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