The Komodo Dragon. The worlds largest lizard has some impressive facts: 3 meters, more than 70kg and nearly 60 teeth. His saliva can contain anywhere from 50 to 80 different bacteria. When being bitten – bacterial infection and death are guaranteed.
You can eventually meet that unique reptile in five places within the little Sunda Islands, Indonesia: Komodo, Rinca, Gili Dasami, Gili Motang and on some coasts of Flores.
Smithonian Mag: Though attacks are exceptionally rare, they do occasionally occur, mostly when a park guard lets his focus slip for a moment, or a villager has a particularly unlucky day.
The gateway to Komodo, Labuan Bajo, 3000 residents (picture above).
This is the capital of the district of Manggarai Barat (West Manggarai). Flores offers a 670km serpentine, pot-holed, but steadily improving trans-Flores highway and is blooming.
The BIMC Hospital at Labuan Bajo.
A new collaboration between the Health Department of Manggarai East Nusa Tenggara and Bali Indonesia Medika Citra (BIMC Hospital Group). Their commitment; to improve medical services in remote areas of Indonesia for all citizens.
The BIMC Group. It all started 1998 with an international standard medical and emergency care centre in Bali. 10 staff, 3 consultation rooms and 2 observation beds.
4 minutes video about BIMC Hospital Bali today, including message from founder Craig Beveridge.
In December 2013 the Siloam Hospitals aquired the BIMC Group with the Hospitals in Kuta and Nusa Dua (80% stake, 26 mil USD). Siloam Hospitals is part of the Indonesian Lippo Group who is targeting hospitals.
Special at the Bali Hospital: First response emergency motorbike for quick and efficient assistance.
BIMC Kuta Bali (see page 12)
18 Bed Capacity, 51 GP and Specialists, 61 Nurses Centre of Excellence : Emergency & Trauma.
BIMC Nusa Dua
20 Bed Capacity, 57 GP and Specialists, 69 Nurses, Centre of Excellence : Emergency & Cosmetic
Back to Flores, Labuan Bajo, the new BIMC Hospital, back to the Komodo Dragon.
Its about a refurbishment project of the only existing clinic including donations for infrastructure of USD 55’500.
Details known so far about phase 2, complete new hospital:
Turn of the first sod: 29th january 2015
153 beds planned
400 staff planned
Area 2,7 hectares, 3 story building with 7’500 m2
Service: 80% to support local communities (Flores has some 1,5 mil residents), 20% for public and tourists (30’000 per year at the Komodo National Park)
Investment about 250 bil rupees – 17.8 mil USD
Would you have expected such a hospital story on the “little” island of Flores? I wouldn’t say go ahead and book your Komodo Dragon travel because there is a new hospital to give you back-up after the super bacteria bite.
I like to say – hospital healthcare is revealing surprising facts all over the world. Its almost about the future of wonders.