The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has offered Bali's capital city government financial assistance to build an advanced laboratory to assist in the treatment of emphysema and other lung disorders.
The offer of U.S. financial assistance was reported by the Municipality's Public Relation's Officer, Ida Bagus Rahula, following a meeting between Bali's provincial health Chief, Dr. Molin, and Denpasar's Vice-Mayor, Ketut Robin.
USAID has publicly expressed concern over the high mortality rates by tuberculosis in Indonesia and the reported 4% infection rate for that disease among Bali's 3.2 million residents.
The proposed laboratory has been offered by the U.S. Government to Bali's Wangaya Public Hospital. City officials have asked that Denpasar's Health Chief and the Head of the hospital review the proposed laboratory within the context of the hospital's master plan for future development. (Republika Online - 27 February 2002)
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