Hospital Ship in Jayapura Extends Operational Duty

JAYAPURA CITY - The KRI Dr. Soeharso 900 hospital ship will extend its deployment from 100 to 200 days annually, Coordinating Maritime Affairs Minister Indroyono Soesilo has said.

The cost of the ship’s operation, medicines and medical staff, including doctors, for the additional 100 days would be covered by the Office of the Maritime Affairs Coordinating Minister, said Indroyono, speaking aboard the ship in Jayapura, West Papua, on Friday.

“The initial 100-day deployment falls under the Indonesian Navy,” he said. The KRI Dr. Soeharso 900 will provide healthcare to residents in Jayapura and surrounding areas from this month on.

The additional 100-day operation is part of the Millennium Development Goals program, one of which is to curb the maternal mortality rate.

According to Indroyono, the KRI DR. Soeharso 990, is the only hospital ship in Indonesia and the ASEAN region, so it must maximize its function. [Antara]
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