TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - West Java governor Ridwan Kamil on Tuesday announced that hospitals located in the province he leads are experiencing an oxygen supply deficit up to 76 tons but assured that there are three state-owned enterprises (SOEs) - which the province has partnered with - that will help supply more oxygen.
“We partnered with three SOEs, PT Pupuk Sriwijaya from Palembang, Krakatau Steel in Cilegon, dan Pertamina in Indramayu,” said the governor on July 6.
The fertilizer company Pupuk Sriwijaya sent 10 tons of liquid oxygen all the way from South Sumatra to West Java, which the governor said will be stored in two hospitals in Bandung City; Imanuel Hospital and Al Islam Hospital.
“The Imanuel hospital is able to store more or less 6 tons,” said Ridwan Kamil.
It will be able to refill up to 1,500 tons of oxygen tanks. Kamil believes with the 10 ton capacity of one truck, the province will need 8 more trucks to send in supplies to fill in the demand gap.
However, despite the large delivery, he predicts that this latest oxygen supply will be completely used in three days which is why he hopes that other SOEs will be able to provide supplies on a routine basis for West Java.
AHMAD FIKRI (CONTRIBUTOR)