Recently, ASRI added a new member to the medical team at Bukit Baka Bukit Raya (BBBR): Dr. Paramita! We are honored to have had the opportunity to interview her and learn more about her background.
We hope you enjoy learning about Dr. Paramita as much as we did!
Tell us about yourself.
My full name is Putu Sri Agung Paramita Kelakan, but people usually call me Mita. I was born in Denpasar, Bali in 1987. I began my career in medicine at Nusa Penida Pratama Hospital. Before coming to work at ASRI, I worked in the Health and Medicine Department at the Regional Police Department in East Java.
I have an interest in everything related to health, from the environment to policy, so I enjoy working in nature and with communities.
What inspired you to practice Medicine?
I actually entered the medical field because I thought my parents would love it. During my study, I experienced hard times and lost some of my passion for it.
After graduating, I decided to work in a remote area, and I found I loved working with the people living there. Since then, I started loving my work – specifically talking with patients and educating them about health.
What does planetary health mean to you?
I learned about life balance growing up, since that is a major Balinese belief. I believe that in order to create healthy people, the environment and its systems also need to be healthy. If one part is disturbed, it won’t balance anymore, and I believe it will destroy everything.
What is unique about the health programs at ASRI Medical Center?
It is impressive how ASRI not only treats patients, but also educates patients on their health and the environment.
ASRI has a non-cash payment option, which is both helpful for those who are experiencing financial difficulties and is also a good method to safe the environment in general.
Why did you decide to work at ASRI?
When ASRI offered me a position as a doctor in the Bukit Baka Bukit Raya (BBBR) area, I was kind of unsure if I could live in that area. However, my longing to work with a community in a remote area again was stronger than my fear, so I decided to accept the offer.
The more I learn about ASRI’s programs, the more thankful I am to work here.
What are your hopes for the global community as we face COVID-19?
My hope is that everyone will realize that health is really important. If we’re unhealthy, we can’t be productive.
I hope that everyone will care more about not only their health, but also about all of the aspects related to their health – especially the environment. If we start to care more about our environment, then we will care more about our Earth, and, in general, we will care more about planetary health.
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