“All praise is due to Allah that I can see clearly again. So, I don’t have to be escorted to the rice field, don’t plant the wrong seedlings, and don’t overcook again.”
Hotna Hutagalung (64), a Padangsidimpuan resident expressed her happiness for being able to see clearly again. This female farmer suffered from cataracts for 5 years. She did not have the courage to undergo a cataract surgery because she was afraid that she could lose her sight. Until she finally mustered her courage to undergo the surgery at Bhayangkara hospital after hearing the information from the health worker in her village on the benefits of cataract surgery.
Batangtoru, 15 September 2022 – PT Agincourt Resources (PTAR), the operator of Martabe Gold Mine officially opened a series of free Cataract Screenings and Surgeries “Open Your Eyes and See the Beauty of the World” at Bhayangkara Hospital, Batangtoru, South Tapanuli, North Sumatra. On the first day, 170 patients from around the mine area had undergone the cataract screenings. This number is 50% higher than the initial prediction.
The cataract surgeries are performed three times at Bhayangkara Hospital, Batangtoru, South Tapanuli, and three times in Medan from September to November 2022. In the series of cataract surgeries, PTAR collborates with Mencirim Tujuh Tujuh Eye Hospital, Medan.
The inaugution of the cataract surgery was held at Bhayangkara Hospital, Batangtoru, Thursday (15/9/2022), marked by the removal of bandages and the administration of eye drops by the management of PTAR on approximately 100 patients who had undergone the surgeries the day before.
PTAR Director & CFO, Noviandri Hakim, said that the company organizes free cataract surgery as a form of awareness for those suffering from blindness due to cataracts, thus they cannot empower themselves independently, even lose their hope in life. PTAR’s commitment to the healthy and prosperous community life is in line with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
“We realise that cataracts are not only visual impairments, but also obstacles to being productive, empowered independently, and increasing life expectancy. Therefore, every year since 2011, we have organized safe and free cataract surgeries,” said Noviandri.
Noviandri hopes that the cataract surgery organized by PTAR can contribute to supressing the prevalence of blindness in Indonesia, especially in North Sumatra.
Based on the Blindness Survey result of the 2014 – 2016 Rapid Assessment of Avoidable Blindness (RAAB), the prevalence of blindness in Indonesia reached 3%, while the prevalence of blindness due to cataracts in Indonesia was 1.9%. In North Sumatra, approximately 80% of blindness at the age of 50 and over is caused by cataracts.
Senior Manager Corporate Communications PTAR, Katarina Siburian Hardono, encourages the community to take advantage and disseminate the information of this free cataract surgery to the relatives or family as there are still second and third rounds.
“Cataracts can be treated only with surgery. Let’s use this good opportunity to recover the sight of our families and relatives, so that they are empowered and productive again. In addition to disbursement of funds, since the socialization period, from eye screening to surgery, Martabe Gold Mine has also deployed tens of staff to become active volunteers who support the patients, so that they are better prepared to undergo the surgery,” concluded Katarina.
Since 2011, this program has opened 8,118 eyes of 7,131 people who underwent the cataract surgeries with a 100% success rate.
In this 8th cataract surgery event, PTAR concentrates the surgery at two points, namely at Bhayangkara Hospital in Batangtoru, South Tapanuli, and Mencirim Tujuh Tujuh Eye Hospital in Medan. At Bhayangkara Hospital, the surgeries are scheduled on 14 & 24 September, and 15 October, while the surgeries at Mencirim Tujuh Tujuh Eye Hospital in Medan are scheduled on 22 October and 12 & 23 November.
According to the data from the Health Ministry, cost is the reason which serves as the main factor that the cataract sufferers in North Sumatra have not undergone the surgery and the scarcity of free cataract surgery for the underprivileged.
Representing the Chief of North Sumatra Regional Police, the Head of Police Medical and Health Division of North Sumatra Regional Police, Police Great Commissioner Drg. Agustinus Mulyanto Hardi was present at the opening ceremony for the series of cataract surgeries.
In his speech, Police Great Commissioner Drg. Agustinus praised PTAR’s consistent efforts to have organized free cataract surgery since 2011 and have recovered thousands of cataract blind eyes.
“Great apppreciation to PTAR for having a very noble initiative to relieve the suffering of the people around Batangtoru, so that they can see the beauty of the world again,” he said.
At the end of the ceremony, PTAR Director & CFO Noviandri Hakim, Head of Police Medical and Health Division of North Sumatra Regional Police, Police Great Commissioner Drg. Agustinus Mulyanto Hardi, PTAR General Manager Operations Rahmat Lubis, and PTAR Senior Manager Corporate Communications Katarina Siburian Hardono removed the bandages, and administered eye drops on a number of patients who had undergone cataract surgeries.
The opening of the series of free cataract surgeries was rounded off with the handover of assistance for the construction of building facilities at Bhayangkara Hospital from PTAR to the Regency Government of South Tapanuli. The assistance provided was in the form of radiology room and mortuary as well as Wastewater Treatment Plant (IPAL), with the total assistance worth IDR 739 million.
PT Agincourt Resources (PTAR) Director & CFO, Noviandri Hakim, delivered a speech at the opening of free eye screenings and cataract surgeries at Bhayangkara Hospital, Batangtoru, South Tapanuli, North Sumatra, Thursday (15/9/2022). In addition to Batangtoru, free cataract surgeries are also held in Medan. (Doc: PTAR)
(left to right) PT Agincourt Resources (PTAR) General Manager Operations (PTAR) Rahmat Lubis, PTAR Director & CFO Noviandri Hakim, and PTAR Corporate Communications Senior Manager Katarina Siburian Hardono administered eye drops on a number of patients who had undergone cataract surgeries. PTAR holds a series of free cataract surgeries “Open Your Eyes to See the Beauty of the World” in South Tapanuli and Medan from September to November 2022. (Doc: PTAR)
The management of PT Agincourt Resources (PTAR) took a photo with the Chief of the North Sumatra Regional Police, the Head of Police Medical and Health Division of North Sumatra Regional Police, Great Commissioner Drg. Agustinus Mulyanto Hardi and Head of Bhayangkara Hospital Level IV Batangtoru dr Tommy R SpOG and patients who had received free cataract surgeries held by PTAR, Thursday (15/9/2022).
Martabe Gold Mine Overview
Martabe Gold Mine is managed and operated by PT Agincourt Resources. The mining area covers an area of 30 km² which is under the sixth generation Contract of Work (COW) with a total area of 1,303 km². The Martabe Gold Mine is located on the west side of the island of Sumatra, Batang Toru District, North Sumatra Province.
The Martabe Gold Mine began full production on 24 July 2012 and has a resource base as of 30 June 2021, of 7.5 million oz of gold and 66 million oz of silver. The operating capacity of the Martabe Gold Mine is more than 6 million tonnes of ore per year to produce more than 300,000 ounces of gold and 2-3 million ounces of silver per year.
PT Agincourt Resources involves more than 3,000 employees and contractors, around 99% of whom are Indonesian citizens, and more than 70% are from local villages. PT Danusa Tambang Nusantara (PTDTN) holds 95% shares of PT Agincourt Resources. PTDTN is a subsidiary of PT United Tractors Tbk. with 60% share ownership and PT Pamapersada Nusantara with 40% share ownership, as well as part of PT Astra International Tbk business group. A total of 5% of PT Agincourt Resources’ shares are owned by the South Tapanuli Regency Government and North Sumatra Provincial Government.
For other information, please contact:
Katarina Siburian Hardono
Senior Manager Corporate Communications of PT
M +62 811 9005146