The Ministry of Health confirmed that hospitals and community health centers (Puskesmas) will continue to provide health services during Jakarta’s Gubernatorial Election Day — but officials said they will also rotate staff so they’re able to vote.
“People do not need to worry, patients will be served as usual,” MOH Director General of Health Development Supriyantoro said on Wednesday.
But Supriyantoro stressed the importance of Jakarta’s health service managers allotting times for staff to vote.
Highlighting a governor’s regulation, Supriyantoro said that public holidays are mandatory for both government and private institutions that do not offer direct services for citizens, such as the education, banking and trade sectors. Such institutions must allow their staff to have the entire day off during Wednesday’s vote.
Officials say that it will be business as usual on Thursday.
“On July 12th, 2012, all staffs of the Ministry of Health will resume working as usual and carry out their tasks fully,” said Dr. Ratna Rosita, the secretary general of the MOH.
Ratna’s husband, Hendardji Supandji, is one of the six gubernatorial candidates up for election.
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