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Jakarta, July 14, 2020 - PT Aneka Tambang Tbk (ANTAM; IDX: ANTM; ASX: ATM) announced that its subsidiary PT Gag Nikel has delivered the set of Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) and Respiratory Virus Transport Medium to the Raja Ampat Regency Government as a part of company’s contribution on Covid-19 prevention in West Papua Province.
This initiative is a part of PT Gag Nickel’s program to support Government aims in resolving of Covid-19 transmission spreading and shouldering the Government program of 20 thousand daily Covid-19 testing throughout Indonesia. The PCR unit was delivered to the Raja Ampat Regency Regional Secretary, Dr. Yusuf Salim on July 10, 2020 at Waisai Regional Hospital (RSUD Waisai), Raja Ampat Regency.
ANTAM's Human Resources Director, Luki Setiawan Suardi said:
“We have aim to support the Government’s Covid-19 prevention program especially in West Papua region through, such as, delivering the PCR Unit to Raja Ampat Regency. The availability of PCR unit in RSUD Waisai, Raja Ampat will be shortening the time that needs for test analyzing process. Previously, the test sample from Raja Ampat region should be sent and analyzed in Makassar. ANTAM and PT Gag Nikel commits to synergize with the Government aims on pandemic prevention handling through the implementation of the Company's social responsibility program.”
Since the Covid-19 pandemic outbreaks in Indonesia, ANTAM conducted a series of comprehensive mitigation to maintain the stability of Company’s operation on it’s each business unit to minimize the exposure of economic impact for the community around the Company's operation area. ANTAM undertakes the health and readiness discipline step which integrate with the Mining Industry Holding-MIND ID health and readiness protocol in the mine and plant areas by obliging the use of masks, physical distancing step, and temperature checks action.
ANTAM also synergizes with stakeholders in handling of pandemics transmission in community. The various program was being conducted from the community health socialization, assisted public sanitary hand washing apparatus, PPE assistance for the medical personnel, and distributing the essential food aid assistance. As per June 2020, ANTAM has realized a total budget of Rp8.4 billion for assistance support of Covid-19 handling.