20 July 2017
JAKARTA, KOMPAS.com – To broaden access to health services on the western and eastern coastal areas in Papua. Freeport Indonesia has taken on board the local Mimika administration in its effort to build a floating health clinic.
The floating clinic is one of PT Freeport Indonesia’s commitments to improve the health sector by enabing communities to have scheduled visits and access to basic comprehensive and affordabable health services
“We are also taking on board the local administration in supporting air transportation in cases if medical emergencies,” said PT Freeport Indonesia’s Manager Corporate Communication, Kerry Yarangga, in a written statement on Thursday. (7/20/2017).
The floating health clinic comes in the form of a ship measuring 17x5 meters with a capacity of 13 passengers. It is fully equipped with three bedrooms, a consultation room, an observation or trauma unit, a mini-laboratory and a drug store.
The available medical equipment consists of diagnostic instruments, like heart rate (electrocardiogram machine) machines, blood analysis equipment, a medical emergency unit with resuscitation equipment, heart rate stimulators and an oxygen concentrator.
“The floating clinic also has surgery tools for minor surgeries, medical tools to handle pregnancies and births,” Kerry said.
Head of the Disease and Health Control Unit of Mimika’s Local Health Servies, Saiful Taqim, said he is happy with the medical cooperation he is getting.
“The local administration says the clinic reduces the strain on medical services, in particular those in coastal areas where there are huge problems to give health community services (puskesmas) access to the highlands, It is a great help to us in our efforts to resolve our limited sources,” Saiful said.
Council for The Foundation for Innovation on Regional Level, Erna Witoelar, said cooperation between the local government and working partners is essential to implement the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Program by bringing in innovative practices on a local level.
The SDG Program can be implemented by the Government in cooperation with private bodies and NGOs in the effort to lower poverty levels, providing opportunities for women workers to make contributions by providing potable water and once and for all resolve the issue of child malnutrition.
“This activity sends a message that all nations under the United Natons have agreed to eradicate poverty and to resolve the social economical impacts created by development,” he said.
Full appreciation is extended to all companies targeted by the health sector for their direct services to the Papua population for their willingness to cooperate with the local health services.