Mimika Government & PTFI Committed to Improve Community Welfare
17 September 2023
The Class D Pratama Waa Banti Hospital (RS) officially provides health services for the people of Waa Banti village and its surroundings along with the signing of the inauguration inscription of the Hospital by the Regent of Mimika, Dr. Eltinus Omaleng, S.E., M.H on Friday (15/09/23). The inauguration of Waa Banti Hospital shows the commitment to good cooperation between the Government, PT Freeport Indonesia (PTFI) and all stakeholders by opening access and facilitating health services for the community in Tembagapura District.
Waa Banti Hospital has a strategic role in providing health services to the community in Banti I, Banti II, Opitawak Villages and several surrounding villages. Awareness of the importance of adequate health infrastructure for recovery and development in this area is the main driver of collaboration between the Mimika Regency Regional Government and PTFI in developing Waa Banti Hospital.
Mimika Regent, Dr. Eltinus Omaleng, S.E., M.H, on this occasion expressed his pride in the achievement of the completion of the construction of Waa Banti Hospital. "I, on behalf of myself and the Mimika Regency Government, would like to thank all parties who support the acceleration and equitable distribution of development in Mimika Regency. "It is hoped that the inauguration of the Waa Banti Hospital can provide better public health services, so that the people of Banti no longer need to seek treatment far away in Timika," said the Regent of Mimika.
The Regent of Mimika also appreciated all parties who supported the construction of the hospital, including PTFI and YPMAK, so that it could operate today, as well as the security forces who had ensured the safety and smoothness of the hospital construction.
Head of the Mimika Health Service, Reynold Ubra, added that Waa Banti Hospital will be strengthened by health workers from the Community Health Center who work at the Banti Post and from the redistribution of other Community Health Centers, where currently the number of health workers is around 60 officers. As a primary hospital, Waa Banti Hospital will carry out the role of curative health efforts, namely outpatient and inpatient care. In the initial stage, there are four services that will be provided, namely general clinic, pharmacy, maternity services, and emergency services.
Representing the leadership of Freeport Indonesia, PTFI Senior Vice President Sustainable Development Nathan Kum revealed that public health programs are also a priority for the company as a form of contribution to society. "As part of Freeport's commitment to providing benefits to communities around the operational area, we support the Regional Government and other stakeholders to rebuild Waa Banti Hospital. "We have a strong determination to ensure that communities around PTFI's operational areas have access to health services, and Waa Banti Hospital is a big part of this commitment," said Nathan.
Today's inauguration marks an important step in starting a new chapter for Waa Banti Hospital. With the Mimika Regional Government's key role in leading the construction of Waa Banti Hospital, as well as continued support from PTFI, it is hoped that modern and better health services will soon be able to be enjoyed by the community in Waa Banti village and its surroundings.
PTFI Support for Waa Banti Hospital Operations
In supporting the construction of the Waa Banti Hospital, PTFI is committed to providing useful contributions from the start of the construction process until the Waa Banti Hospital operates. "Freeport provides support ranging from helping to clear the land at the hospital construction site, transportation support for the movement of building materials and labor, providing additional materials, providing clean water, providing electricity, 1 generator unit, fuel, construction equipment, technical support, and 1 ambulance unit. "Apart from that, the Amungme and Kamoro Community Empowerment Foundation (YPMAK) has donated land as a location for the construction of Waa Banti Hospital," said Nathan Kum.
In the future, PTFI is also committed to supporting the hospital's operations by providing various additional needs, including temporary accommodation for health workers (nakes), food logistics assistance, 1 unit of hospital operational vehicle, provision of fuel for generators, ambulances, and operational vehicles, transportation for health workers and hospital logistics. Apart from that, PTFI will also help in terms of supporting communication lines, medical waste management, vehicle and generator maintenance, as well as support and assistance from the PT Freeport Indonesia Hospital in Tembagapura.
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