Erwida Maulia, The Jakarta Post, Jakarta | Mon, 09/28/2009 7:42 PM
The Defense Ministry received Monday two makeshift field hospitals needed to support the work of the military’s special disaster mitigation team.
The field hospitals, provided by the Health Ministry, were handed over to Defense Minister Juwono Sudarsono by Health Minister Siti Fadillah Supari.
Siti said the hospitals were each worth about Rp 6.8 billion (US$ 680,000).
In his opening speech at the event, Juwono said the hospitals, each with a capacity of 100 folding beds, would help the Army’s Fast-Response Disaster Mitigation Squad perform their duties better.
The squad was specially formed to provide assistance for people in disaster-hit areas, after a spate of natural and manmade calamities across the country in recent years.
“This aid is the fruit of the partnership between the Health Ministry, the Defense Ministry and the Indonesian Military,” Siti said, adding the partnership was initiated in 1999.
Each field hospital is made up of 16 tent units, equipped with air-conditioning, foldable stretchers, anesthetic machines, water purifiers, power generators and an ambulance.
Siti said the Health Ministry and the military had also established a partnership in health services for coastal communities and people living in the country’s outermost islands, and in disaster mitigation activities.