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Jakarta Post

Kimia Farma, Dompet Dhuafa open floating clinic to serve small islands in West Lombok

  • Panca Nugraha

    The Jakarta Post

West Lombok   /   Fri, April 5, 2019   /   10:52 am
Kimia Farma, Dompet Dhuafa open floating clinic to serve small islands in West Lombok A floating clinic is inaugurated at Lembar Port in West Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara, on Thursday. The clinic will provide services to about 100 families on seven islets in West Lombok waters. (JP/JP/Panca Nugraha)

State-owned pharmaceutical firm PT Kimia Farma, in cooperation with Rumah Cerdas Indonesia and Dompet Dhuafa, opened a klinik apung(floating clinic) in Lembar Port, West Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara (NTB), on Thursday.

Kimia Farma general and human capital director Arief Pramuhanto said the clinic was the company’s first project and would be replicated in a number of other regions and provinces.

“We have pledged to take part in making people healthy across the country,” Arief said.

The clinic, which takes the form of a modified 20-passenger speedboat, was made possible by a grant from the West Lombok administration. Kimia Farma is responsible for its operations and maintenance, while the paramedics are provided by Dompet Dhuafa, he said.

The clinic will reach seven small islands in the southern part of the regency and is expected to serve more than 900 families in the regions, including Telaga Lupi, Teluk Gok, Gili Nanggu, Gili Gede, Gili Asahan, Bangko-Bangko and Geresak. 

Services available include routine health checks and specialist assistance for mothers and children, emergency services, referrals for advanced services and preventive programs.

“A library provided by Rumah Cerdas is also available for children on the visited islands,” Arief said.

NTB Health Agency head Nurhandini Eka Dewi said the clinic would help improve the province’s health status. “We have 278 small islands apart from Lombok and Sumbawa," he said.

West Lombok Health Agency head Rahman Sahnan Putra said there were at least 27 small islands in the regency’s southern part. The people there could access health services in community health centers (Puskesmas) in Lembar and Sekotong districts. But, most of them were unable to access them on account of distance.

“The floating clinic will bring health services closer to them,” he said.