PT Industri Jamu Dan Farmasi Sido Muncul Tbk. (Sido Muncul) organised another round of free healthcare service for underprivileged communities. In this round, Sido Muncul sponsored cataract surgeries for 500 patients in Denpasar, Bali. This programme was held in partnership with the Human Resources Division of the Indonesian Police and the Bali Chapter of the Indonesian Ophthalmologists Association (Perdami).
“We started the Free Cataract Surgery in 2010. We strive to organise this programme on a regular basis and in conjunction with many parties. Today, for example, Sido Muncul worked with the Human Resources Division of the Bali Police and Bali Chapter of Perdami. We aim to perform surgeries on 500 eyes in Denpasar. I am happy to be part of this programme, where its goal is to help cataract patients to return to their normal lives,” said Sido Muncul Director Irwan Hidayat during the programme’s opening ceremony at the Bhayangkara Hospital in Denpasar on Tuesday, 24 September 2019.
Irwan symbolically handed the assistance to the Deputy Head of Human Resources of the Indonesian Police, Police Inspector General Dr Eko Indra Heri S., M.M and Deputy Chief of the Bali Police, Police Brigadier General Drs. I Wayan Sunartha. Sido Muncul also invited its brand ambassadors, Donny Kesuma and Sophie Navita, to enliven the opening ceremony. The ceremony was closed by a visit to the operating rooms.
Some 639 patients were screened since early September 2019, from which 153 patients were cleared for surgery. The surgeries were held at the Bhayangkara Hospital, Bali Mandara Eye Hospital, plus at six Regional Hospitals: the Mangusada Badung, Tabanan, Sanjiwani Gianyar, Klungkung, Bangli, and Karangasem. The cataract surgeries were performed by the ophthalmologists from the Bali Chapter of Perdami.
“I hope that this programme can help to improve public wellbeing and reduce prevalence of blindness in Denpasar, Bali. In addition, I hope that it can eliminate the public’s misleading perception that cataract surgeries are horrifying. In fact, surgery is the only treatment for cataracts,” concluded Irwan Hidayat.