Endang Rahayu Sedyaningsih, Indonesia’s former health minister who served in President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono’s second term, has died. She was 57.
Sedyaningsih died today at Cipto Mangunkusumo Hospital in Jakarta, Murti Utami, a spokeswoman at the Ministry of Health, said by phone.
Sedyaningsih, who started her career in 1979 as a clinician at Jakarta Pertamina Hospital, was diagnosed with lung cancer in 2010, a year after she was appointed health minister, according to the ministry’s website. She had undergone treatment in Indonesia and Guangzhou, China.
Yudhoyono accepted Sedyaningsih’s resignation last month to allow her to focus on her treatment, he said in a press briefing on April 26.
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