Eka Hospital denies pollution

Privately-owned Eka Hospital in Bumi Serpong Damai in South Tangerang, Banten, is denying allegations that it has been polluting the environment.

In a letter sent to The Jakarta Post dated Jan. 20, the hospital said that it has consistently and thoroughly conducted environmental management programs for the benefit of patients and the community.

The hospital denied a report on www.thejakartapost.com on Jan. 18 that Eka Hospital and another hospital in BSD were polluting the environment, as alleged by the South Tangerang Environmental Management Agency.

“Before being dumped, the liquid waste at Eka Hospital has been biologically treated through its waste water processing installation by the extended aeration system,” hospital director Dr. Hermanto Nurya said in the letter.

“The outcome of the process is regularly examined by an accredited independent laboratory and reported to the Regional Environment Management Agency of South Tangerang every six months.”

Eka Hospital received a “Proper Appreciation Certificate” for 2010 to 2011 from the Environment Ministry with a “blue” rating for good performance in environmental management, he said.

“This appreciation prompted Eka Hospital to continuously support the green living movement through the environment management of hospitals as part of the healthy space for society, for the sake of better living and health,” he concluded.

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