President Jokowi Distributes KIP, KIS, PKH, PMT in Bandung
Date 12 April 2017
President Joko Jokowi Widodo distributed 157 Healthy Indonesia cards (KIS), 250 Smart Indonesia Cards (KIP), 450 Kejar Paket A, B, and C (equivalent to elementary, junior and senior high schools respectively), 239 Aspiring Family Program (PKH), and Supplemental Nutrition Program (PMT) to 100 pregnant women, 100 children under five years old, and 100 school children in Bandung.
The distribution of the KIP, KIS, PKH, and PMT was a fulfillment of the promise of President Jokowi to Bandung Mayor, Ridwan Kamil, some time ago. “Today I could be here in order to fulfill my promise to the Mayor,” the President said in the Pandawa Park, Cicendo, Bandung, Wednesday (12/4) afternoon.
In his speech, President Jokowi reminded the public that the KIS is for medical treatment. “If you catch a cough, go to the Puskesmas (a community health center), do not go directly to the hospital. Later when checked, it is found that you have a serious illness, then you are referred to the hospital, and you do not have to pay because you have KIS,” the President said.
President Jokowi also invited people who found health services not good to report them to the Government. “Please report them. You can report them to the Mayor, Governor, Minister. If there is no follow-up, you can report them to me,” the President explained.
Although people who hold the KIS do not pay the healthcare bills, the President added, the Government through the Social Security Agency (BPJS) for Health will pay the bill. “If not served properly, the doctor, director of hospital please be cautious. If it continues to happen, I will remove them. Agree or not?,” the President firmly said.
The President added that people who hold the KIP will receive Rp450,000.- for elementary (SD) students, Rp750,000.- for Junior High School (SMP) students, and Rp1 million for Senior High School (SMA/SMK) students.
The President suggested that the money should be used for school supplies (books, shoes, uniforms, bags) and not for buying credits.
Meanwhile, for pregnant women and school children, the President reminded that the PMT constitutes a long term investment. “We plant them now, but the harvest time is 30, 40 years to come. Because if the nutrition of pregnant mothers is not sufficient, our children become unhealthy later in the future,” the President explained.
The President said for pregnant women from one to three months, they can consume two pieces of biscuits per day, while three pieces per day for pregnant women from four to nine months.
For toddlers aged 6 to 11 months, they may have 8 pieces of biscuit per day. For age 1 to 5 years old, they can consume 12 pieces per day. For school children, 6 pieces per day. “Do not let them become too thin. I guess this is too skinny, just like me when I was a kid. Then they will become normal after consuming the biscuit,” the President said.
In the future, the President hoped that our nation’s children can compete and win the competition with other countries. The President believes if the children are already equipped with good nutrition and healthy, they will be able to win the competition. “Do not let us lose in the competition,” the President said.
When it comes to the PKH, the Government will provide Rp1,890,000.- per year that can be taken for 4 times in a designated bank.
The President reminded all that prior to taking the money, people have to plan for what the money will be used and should not be used to buy cigarettes. “You can use the money for additional nutrition of the children, for education, for paying anything, for additional small businesses,” the President added.
Meanwhile, in her speech, Minister of Health Nila F. Moeloek asserted that the PMT aims to make our human resources healthy, smart and able to bring the country into a strong state that can be started from pregnant women.
On the occasion, the President also gave bikes to children and people who successfully answered the questions from the President.
Accompanying the President in the event were Minister of Social Affairs Khofifah Indar Parawansa, Minister of Health Nila F. Moeloek, Minister Agrarian and Spatial Planning/ National Land Agency (BPN) Sofyan Djalil, and Cabinet Secretary Pramono Anung. (RMI/GUN/ES) (MUR/YM/Naster).