President Jokowi inaugurated the largest hospital in the eastern part of Indonesia on Wednesday (6/12/23,) according to reporting from the Jakarta Globe. The Dr. Ben Mboi Central Public Hospital is located in Kupang, the capital city of East Nusa Tenggara and measures 35,000-square meters set on 14-hectares of land.
“This is the largest hospital in Eastern Indonesia, particularly East Nusa Tenggara … We spent approximately IDR 420-billion (about USD 27-million) to build the hospital. That deserves applause, as it is really a huge amount of money,” Jokowi told the inauguration ceremony, according to Jakarta Globe.
“But [the spending] already got the House of Representatives’ approval. So, I’d like to thank them for that,” Jokowi added.
According to Jokowi, the hospital comes with MRI and CT scan facilities, both used to capture images of the inside of a patient’s body. A single CT scan equipment alone can cost about IDR 20-billion, say Jakarta Globe.
The newly inaugurated hospital is also expected to make it easier for locals to access healthcare.
“So, there is no need to travel to Jakarta [for medical treatment]. We have everything you need here. But what is of utmost importance is we need to immediately hire more human capital, especially specialists and subspecialists to close the gap in doctors,” Jokowi said.
Source: Jakarta Globe