Indonesian govt prepares thousands of health posts for Lebaran exodus

Indonesian govt prepares thousands of health posts for Lebaran exodus

Minister Nila F. Moeloek. (ANTARA/Andika Wahyu)

We remind all drivers to take rest when they get tired."
Jakarta (ANTARA News) - The Health Ministry has set up 3,100 health posts to offer medical checkups to the people heading to their hometowns during the Lebaran exodus.

"We have set up 3,100 medical posts at several locations on the homecoming routes from northern Java to Makassar," Health Minister Nila F. Moeloek stated here on Thursday.

The minister revealed that the Public Health Center and regional hospitals in all provinces were also ready to conduct medical checkups on the people.

According to Moeloek, the ministry has reviewed the readiness of all medical posts that will serve round the clock.

The minister also appealed to all drivers during the homecoming event to take breaks every four hours.

"We will check their blood pressure and blood alcohol levels and conduct tests to determine the presence of other drugs that lead to drowsiness. We remind all drivers to take rest when they get tired. We are offering free health facilities," she remarked.

The number of homecoming travelers for Lebaran 2016 is forecast to reach 17,698,484, up from 17,404,575 in 2015.

Of the total, 4.33 million are estimated to use land transportation modes, 3.70 million will travel by ferries, 4.11 million by trains, 910 thousand travelers by ships, and some 4.6 million by air.

(Reported by Agus Salim/Uu.B019/INE/KR-BSR/F001)

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