PAPUADAILY –Two COVID-19 referral hospitals in Mimika Regency, namely the Mitra Masyarakat Hospital (RSMM) and Mimika Hospital received 20 units of oxygen equipment from PT Freeport Indonesia on Tuesday (20/7/2021).
PT Freeport Indonesia Vice President for Community Development Nathan Kum said the assistance was a form of the company’s commitment to participate in efforts to mitigate the increase in COVID-19 cases in Mimika, which increased significantly in recent weeks.
“Freeport continues to support the government and the community in handling the COVID-19 pandemic. Today we handed over oxygen concentrators to RSMM and Mimika Hospital. “Each hospital receives 10 units of equipment that are very much needed for handling COVID-19 patients,” said Nathan Kum in Timika, Tuesday (20/7/2021).
He advised Mimika residents, including Freeport employees and subcontractor companies, to continue to adhere to health protocols such as wearing masks, maintaining distance, washing hands, avoiding crowds, and reducing mobility so that Mimika can be free from COVID-19 transmission as soon as possible.
The oxygen concentrator equipment assistance to RSMM Timika was handed over by Nathan Kum and received directly by the Director of RSMM Timika, Dr. Joni Ribo Tandisau.
The Director of RSMM Timika, Dr. Joni Ribo Tandisau, expressed his gratitude for the attention of PT FReeport Indonesia which has helped RSMM Timika a lot, both directly and through the Amungme and Kamoro Community Empowerment Foundation (YPMAK).
“Currently, we really need oxygen in handling patients, especially COVID-19 patients. Frankly, currently RSMM is having difficulty getting medical oxygen because medical oxygen production at RSMM is only capable of 12 tubes per day. Meanwhile, the daily need is currently around 50 tubes,” explained Dr. Joni.
Separately, PT Freeport Indonesia’s Vice President of Government Relations Jonny Lingga handed over oxygen concentrator equipment to Mimika Hospital which was received by Syafri as a representative of Mimika Hospital witnessed by ISOS HR Manager Sofia Indradewi.
Jonny Lingga said the oxygen concentrator equipment was made in Germany, very efficient because it is portable, which can produce 94 percent pure oxygen for patients who are being treated at Mimika Hospital and RSMM Timika.
The oxygen concentrator equipment was purchased at a fairly expensive price of IDR 41 million per unit.
The total fund disbursed by PT Freeport for the procurement of 20 units of oxygen concentrator equipment is around Rp. 820 million.
Oxygen concentrator equipment is used to provide supplemental oxygen for patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), including COVID-19 positive patients who urgently need higher oxygen concentrations.***