COVID-19 handling aid for Kudus received from 96 medical workers

COVID-19 handling aid for Kudus received from 96 medical workers

Medical workers of Regional Hospital RSUD Loekmono Hadi in Kudus, Central Java conduct PCR swab tests on residents. (ANTARA/Akhmad Nazaruddin Lathif)

Solo, C Java (ANTARA) - Kudus District has received 96 medical workers from other areas in Central Java Province to help address a major increase in the number of COVID-19 cases.

The medical workers comprised five lung specialists, five internists, 38 general practitioners, and 48 nurses, Central Java Governor Ganjar Pranowo was quoted by ANTARA as saying on Tuesday.

The five lung specialists and five internists were deployed by the Dr Moewardi Public Hospital in Surakarta.

The public hospital's director, Cahyono Hadi, is optimistic that no additional doctors would further be deployed to Kudus District.

However, Hadi remarked that the Dr Moewardi Public Hospital was prepared to receive COVID-19 patients that the medical workers in Kudus had requested to be sent there.

"As part of the Central Java provincial government’s endeavors, our hospital is ready to assist in the handling of COVID-19 patients from Kudus," Hadi remarked.

Currently, the hospital’s management has readied at least 190 beds, while the hospital's bed occupancy rate remains below 50 percent, he noted.

In the wake of the growing number of coronavirus cases in Kudus, National Police Chief General Listyo Sigit Prabowo gave due weightage to the importance of stepping up testing, tracing, and treatment.

In a recent press statement, Prabowo emphasized that along with bolstering testing, tracing, and treatment, the local residents should also continue to diligently follow the 5M health protocols.

The 5M health protocols encompass "wearing face masks", "washing hands", "maintaining physical distancing measure", "avoiding crowds", and "reducing mobility".

In the company of Indonesian Military Commander Air Chief Marshal Hadi Tjahjanto and National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) Head Ganip Warsito, Prabowo paid a visit to Kudus over the weekend, as the district had recorded a major spike in new COVID-19 cases.

The local residents that were traced should remain homebound and conduct self-isolation until their swab test results are issued, Prabowo emphasized.

Those required to self-isolate will be monitored by military and police officers, tasked with ensuring optimal enforcement of micro-scale public activity restrictions (PPKM-Mikro) to stem COVID-19 transmission, he affirmed.

If the residents' swab test results confirmed that they suffer from COVID-19 symptoms, they would be moved from their homes to the Donoyudan Boyolali Haj Dormitory.

Equipped with 800 beds and a sufficient number of doctors and health workers, the haj dormitory is safeguarded by military and police officers, he remarked.

The COVID-19 outbreak initially hit the Chinese city of Wuhan in 2019 and thereafter spread to different parts of the world, including countries in the Asia-Pacific region.

The Indonesian government declared the nation's first confirmed cases on March 2, 2020.

The central and regional governments have since then left no stone unturned in flattening the coronavirus disease curve through the implementation of healthcare protocols and enforcement of social restrictions.

To break the chain of spread of COVID-19, which had dampened the purchasing power of scores of families in Indonesia, the government had also banned homebound travel, or "mudik," ahead of this year's Eid al-Fitr holiday season akin to last year.

Vice Health Minister Dante Saksono Harbuwono noted that the number of COVID-19 cases in Indonesia in the wake of the Eid al-Fitr festivity would peak in mid-June of 2021.

In preventing new transmission clusters, the government has also planned to extend the quarantine period for travelers arriving from abroad, especially from nations battered by the COVID-19 crisis, to 14 days, from the earlier five days.

Currently, Indonesia's total count of COVID-19 cases had crossed 1.8 million amid the government's stern endeavors to win the battle against COVID-19 that has acutely impacted its economy and public health.

As part of its efforts to win the fight, the Indonesian government has conducted a nationwide vaccination program to contain infections since January 13, 2021.

The Indonesian Health Ministry had pegged the vaccination of some 181.5 million people under the national program to take about 15 months.

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