Dutch medical companies provide Indonesian hospitals with innovative technology in bilateral aid project

Surabaya 03 March 2000During her visit to Indonesia, the Minister of Economic Affairs and Deputy Prime Minister H.E. Mrs. A. Jorritsma-Lebbink has inaugurated the first hospital supplied with health care upgrades from three Dutch providers in the scope of the health care project under the Social Safety Net priority programme of the Government of Indonesia. The innovative and enhanced departments of RSUD. Dr. Soetomo Hospital Surabaya were officially opened in the presence of H.E. Dr. Achmad Suyudi, MHA, Minister of Health of the Republic of Indonesia. The three Dutch companies carrying out the project, were represented by Mr. J.M. Barella, Chairman and CEO of Philips Medical Systems, Mr. Egbert H. de Groot, who is Chairman Executive Board of Delft Instruments N.V. and Managing Director of Nucletron B.V., as well as Mr. L. de Jong, Managing Director of Enraf-Nonius B.V.

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According to health care statistics, cardiovascular diseases are growing to become the killer no. 1 in Indonesia, due to increasing industrialisation. At present, practically only two centres in Indonesia are offering really adequate facilities and trained specialists for successful diagnosis and treatment of cardiovascular diseases. In the scope of a bilateral aid project, supported by the Dutch government and hosted under the Indonesian Government priority programme Social Safety Net fostering health care in Indonesia, the Medical Systems' Department of Philips Company enhances 11 public hospitals of the Indonesian Ministry of Health in the provinces Java, Sumatra, Bali and Sulawesi, in terms of diagnosis, intervention and therapy of cardiovascular diseases.

To this purpose, Philips provides the hospitals not only with state-of-the-art equipment for diagnosis and therapy of cardiovascular diseases, as well as for the adaptation of the infrastructure and maintenance of the appliances, but equally supplies essential consumables, and specialised training of local doctors, assistants and technicians. Activities will run for a period of seven years. In the first two years, diagnostic-imaging systems will be delivered and installed, facilities will be upgraded, dedicated staff trained and know-how, skills and expertise transferred. Through its Indonesian project office, Philips Medical Systems upgrades Indonesian health care facilities. For five years thereafter, the company will equally remain responsible for service and maintenance of all equipment supplied under this programme.

Furthermore, Philips Medical Systems will over this period also continue to support the further enhancement of knowledge and skills of the clinical personnel involved in the operation of the facilities provided. Philips has been active in Indonesia for over 60 years, providing health care solutions to hospitals in urgent need of upgrading their facilities. In collaboration with international and national governmental bodies, Philips Medical Systems is specialised in running large-scale health care projects all over the world. One of the first hospitals to benefit from the project is RSUD. Dr. Soetomo Hospital Surabaya, which serves as key referral centre in the province of East Java with 33 million inhabitants. The hospital is open to the general public and can now provide patients with dedicated enhanced facilities for cardiovascular diagnosis and treatment for adults and children.

Nucletron B.V., a subsidiary of Delft Instruments N.V., supplies and installs complete radiotherapy units for 9 hospitals in Java, Sumatra and Sulawesi under the Improvement of Cancer Care and Radiotherapy Services project, which is part of the Indonesia Social Safety Network. The completion of this project is due in 2000, including construction of facilities and training of the personnel. In addition, ENP, the project organisation of Enraf-Nonius B.V., equips medical rehabilitation centres at 54 hospitals in 23 provinces. The ENP project incorporates general medicine, speech therapy, hydrotherapy, physiology, and physiotherapy equipment and is equally supported by site preparation, education and maintenance programmes. This project will be completed in 2005.

The bilateral aid project to foster Indonesian health care was made possible by the Export Financing Arrangement of the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs and is provided by ABN AMRO Bank N.V. All hospitals involved have been selected by the Indonesian Ministry of Health in view of their urgent upgrading needs. These hospitals are open to the general public, as the aim of this project is the major improvement of the Indonesian public health care system. Philips Medical Systems is a leading supplier of diagnostic imaging systems and related services worldwide, represented in over 100 countries and employing 11.800 people. A global network of sales and services as well as research and development organisations backs Philips products. Philips Medical Systems forms a part of Royal Philips Electronics, one of the worlds largest electronics companies.

Nucletron B.V. constitutes a medical radiotherapy company specialising in the development, production, worldwide marketing and sale, and provision of service and support for some of the world's most innovative cancer control products. Nucletron holds a dominant position in the world radiotherapy market for afterloaders. Delft Instruments N.V. is the holding company of an international group of companies with some 1100 employees and an annual sales well over NLG 400 million. Enraf-Nonius B.V. has been active for more than seventy years in the development, production, and sales of equipment for physiotherapy and rehabilitation. ENP, Enraf-Nonius Projects, supplies products and services for medical projects and is particularly active in the developing countries.


Leslie Versweyveld

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