President Jokowi Kicks Off New Hospital Construction in Nusantara Capital City
President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo on Wednesday (11/1) attended the groundbreaking ceremony of Mayapada Hospital Nusantara located in the capital city of Nusantara (IKN), East Kalimantan province.
“Mayapada Hospital Nusantara will adopt energy efficiency and conservation. We will always promote green agenda for our capital Nusantara city,” the President said.
For the record, Mayapada Hospital Nusantara is the second hospital being built in the IKN, as part of the measures to support the development of the IKN as the first capital city in the world with the concept of a forest city.
According to the President, the environmentally friendly hospital will operate with 20 percent of the total land area being used as a green area. The hospital will be equipped with a therapy garden and a park management system to boost patient recovery.
“I hope that in the future Mayapada Hospital will set an example of an environmentally friendly hospital by optimizing the use of technology, adopting efficient use of energy and water, maximizing sunlight, developing an excellent used water recycling system, as well as providing retention ponds to absorb rainwater,” the President stated.
The President went on to say that the cooperation between Mayapada Hospital and its international partners will provide professional services, provide treatment for complicated health cases, and benefit communities, the Government, insurance, as well as domestic and foreign companies.
The President further said that the hospital should also provide services for participants of the Healthcare Social Security Agency (BPJS Kesehatan).
President Jokowi also expressed hope that the construction of the hospital would be carried out immediately after the groundbreaking and by the second semester of 2024, the hospital would be ready to operate
“I fervently believe that this hospital will be an excellent hospital, in cooperation with Apollo Hospital in India,” the President said.
The President further said that increasing number of facilities and improvement quality of health services in the IKN will reduce demand of the residents of the IKN to seek medical treatment abroad.
“Almost two million Indonesian citizens seek medical treatment abroad every year. That brings the money abroad, with the capital outflow of almost more than Rp100 trillion. Every year our citizens bring their money abroad for medical treatment. We hope that the establishment of Mayapada Hospital in Nusantara capital city can significantly reduce that demand,” the President remarked. (BPMI of Presidential Secretariat/DNS) (RI/MUR)