JAKARTA – The Ministry of Research, Technology and Higher Education (Kemenristekdikti) and the Agency for Technology Assessment and Application (BPPT) have provided aid in the form of 360 pieces of locally created bone graft to victims of recent earthquakes and tsunami in Palu and Donggala, Central Sulawesi, as well as in Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara.

“We thank BPPT and PT Zenith for their help in rebuilding the devastated regions and assisting survivors, especially by providing these bone grafts,” said ministry’s secretary-general Ainun Na’im at an event on Friday, October 5, 2018.

Ainun said these medical aids were important to help survivors recover and to support the development of new medical equipment technology done by BPPT and PT Zenith.

“I’m proud with and appreciated the innovation created by BPPT which worked with PT Zenith to produce the bone grafts using 100 percent local resources,” said Ainun.

BPPT’s deputy for information technology, energy and material Eniya Listiyani Dewi said the product, named Zenmed+, used stainless steel and locally-sourced ferro-nickel with quality on par with those already available on the market.

“We provide these locally made bone grafts to our brothers and sisters affected by the recent natural disasters. These bone grafts can be used to cure survivors with fractured bones. We provided the aid previously to Lombok and now we are sending the aid to Palu and Donggala,” said Eniya.

Eniya also thanked the technology ministry for helping and campaigning for local innovation, like PT Zenith, to develop new technology in health field, which was a locally created bone graft.