Wasti Atmodjo, The Jakarta Post, Denpasar
The Bali Health Agency has established a special team to provide health services for the delegates of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) conference being held next month in Nusa Dua.
Dewa Ketut Oka, head of the agency, said Wednesday every hospital in Bali, especially those in Denpasar and Badung, had been informed of the conference. They have all made the necessary preparations to provide delegates with the best available health services.
Dewa Oka said the agency is coordinating with the managements of all state-owned and private hospitals in Bali -- Sanglah General Hospital, nine regional hospitals, 12 private hospitals, as well as health centers at the airport and seaports, hotel clinics, community health centers and the Bali chapter of the Indonesian Red Cross.
All have been ordered to be on standby throughout the Dec. 3-14 conference.
Regarding transportation for patients, Dewa Oka said the agency was also coordinating with ambulance operators. At least one helicopter will be available at all times for emergency evacuations prior, during and one week after the conference.
"We've asked the central government for at least one helicopter, but I don't know how many helicopters will be given. The most important thing is that such a mode of transportation is badly needed in case there is an emergency," he said.
Dewa Oka also promised a sufficient supply of medicines during the conference.
He predicted any medical problems experienced by delegates would relate mainly to the weather, food and fatigue.
"We understand because the delegates will come from many different countries with different weather conditions and customs."
Another official, Gede Wiartana, said special health posts would also be established for the conference.
The one at the airport will start operating on Dec. 1 when delegates are expected to begin arriving. Two ambulances will be stationed at the post.
Another health post will be set up inside the conference's main venue at the Bali International Conference Center.
That post will be equipped with emergency equipment and manned by medical specialists, including specialists in coronary disease.
Sanglah Hospital director Wayan Sutarga said his facility would set aside two VVIP rooms and one intensive care room during the conference.
"We will prepare all the facilities for that purpose without neglecting routine services to the public," he said.