COVID-19 Task Force temporarily stops accepting non-medical volunteers

COVID-19 Task Force temporarily stops accepting non-medical volunteers

Archive. A volunteer from the United Indonesia Against COVID-19 group gets ready to attend the "Standby Launch of the United Indonesia National Movement Against COVID-19" event at the Athlete's Village Field in Jakarta, Wednesday (22/4/2020). ANTARA PHOTO/Muhammad Adimaja/ac.

Jakarta (ANTARA) - The Task Force for Acceleration of COVID-19 Handling has put a temporary stop to accepting non-medical volunteers, though the process is expected to reopen next Monday, the Task Force's Coordinator for Volunteers, Andre Rahardian, clarified.

"There is a greater requirement for volunteers in the medical sector, and we will reclassify the non-medical sector. We are streamlining the registration mechanism, so we are not accepting (non-medical volunteers) for the time being until Sunday," Rahardian stated during the task force's press conference in Jakarta, Wednesday.

Rahardian expounded that the volunteer recruitment mechanism was being streamlined to expedite the process of data collection of volunteers, taking into account the fact that the COVID-19 Task Force had to speed up its steps to thwart the spread of the novel coronavirus infection.

Up until today, a total of 28,900 people have volunteered to be part of the Task Force for the Acceleration of Handling COVID-19, of which 5,500 are medical volunteers.

"More medical personnel are needed in the wake of the pandemic. Of the 5,500 that have already registered, 2,500 to 3,000 volunteers should be ready to be placed on duty after we go through the selection process," Rahardian noted.

Rahardian explained that volunteers ready to be put on duty are those having met requirements, including possessing a registered certificate, a letter of consent from the family, as well as the results of a medical examination.

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