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Bali's Hospital on Wheels

Bali One of Nine Districts designated to be a Regional Emergency Response Center for Natural Disasters.

(3/3/2007) Tempo Interaktif reports that Indonesia's Minister of Health, Siti Fadilah Supari, has handed over a state-of-the-art emergency response vehicle to Bali's Governor as part of ongoing efforts to enhance the Island's state of emergency preparedness.

The vehicle is equipped with sophisticated communication systems, a water treatment plant capable of producing 100 liters of potable water every hour, a electrical generator, portable x-ray and other equipment to aid an emergency response situation.

According to Minister Siti Fadilah: "this vehicle is like a mobile hospital. If there is a disaster it can be immediately sent to the location."

The emergency response vehicle is designed to be operated in conjunction with a separate ambulance, an operational vehicle and a motorcycle escort all of which were recently handed over to the Governor by the Minister.

The provision of the emergency equipment by the Central Government forms part of Bali's designation as one of nine national centers for regional assistance in the handling of public health emergencies.

The new equipment will be funded by the Indonesian Department of Health who are providing operational and training funds for an initial three years.

Following the Boxing day tsunami disaster of 2004 and the earthquakes in Central Java in May of 2006, the Department of Health has trained a total 1,200 of a targeted 4,000 emergency response personnel prepared to handle future national disasters.