The Straits Times
Published on Nov 10, 2012

Governor Jokowi set to launch health card for Jakarta citizens


JAKARTA (THE JAKARTA POST/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - The city administration is set to launch the Jakarta Health Card programme that will allow all Jakarta residents to access free medical services at community health centres and hospitals.

The administration will begin distributing about 3,000 health cards to the city's poor in densely populated areas such as Tambora in West Jakarta and Pademangan in North Jakarta on Saturday.

The programme aims to cover all Jakarta citizens, but Governor Joko Widodo, also known as Jokowi, said the poor were the priority.

"We are 100 percent ready. We will begin distributing the cards," the governor told reporters.