Jokowi sets two-month target to repair damaged hospital

Jakarta (ANTARA News) – President Joko Widodo has set a target of two months to finish the repair of Mataram City Hospital, which was affected by the earthquake in Lombok recently.

“I have ordered that the repairs be completed immediately. HK (the state-owned firm Hutama Karya) has said that the repairs could be completed in two months,” the president was quoted as saying by the Deputy for Protocol, Press and Media of the Presidential Secretariat Bey Machmudin here on Monday.

The president, commonly known as Jokowi, was reviewing the repair of the Mataram Regional Public Hospital located in Mataram District, Mataram City, West Nusa Tenggara Province.

Before ending his two-day working visit to the province and returning to Jakarta, Jokowi first reviewed the hospital renovation project.

All activities at the hospital were forced to be moved to emergency tents in front of the Mataram City Hospital building after the earthquake.

The president, who was reviewing a number of emergency tents for the handling of the hospital patients, asked his staff to speed up the repair process.

The Head of State noted that the improvement of Mataram City Hospital and a number of other hospitals affected by the earthquake remained a priority as it involved the service of earthquake-affected patients.

“I see the damage of the hospital is a minor-medium priority, but it is an emergency and needs to be resolved soon, so that the patients are not in tents outside,” he remarked.

The president also set the same target for repairs to damaged school buildings.

He ensured and promised to continue to monitor the repair process in the next two months. “I will be here in two months, and I have agreed to complete it in two months,” he asserted.

While conducting the review, Jokowi was accompanied by the Minister of Public Works and Public Housing Basuki Hadimuljono, West Nusa Tenggara Governor M. Zainul Majdi, Indonesian Defence Forces (TNI) Commander Marshal Hadi Tjahjanto, National Police Chief Gen. Tito Karnavian, Cabinet Secretary Pramono Anung, and National Disaster Mitigation Agency Chief Willem Rampangilei.

Source: ANTARA News