BNPB transfers control of self-isolation facilities to local govts

BNPB transfers control of self-isolation facilities to local govts

An officer disinfects a hotel functioning as an isolation facility for COVID-19 patients in Bekasi, West Java. (ANTARA PHOTOS/Fakhri Hermansyah/wsj)

Jakarta (ANTARA) - The National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) has transferred the management of self-isolation facilities for COVID-19 patients operated out of hotels, inns, and guesthouses to local governments to ensure they are run effectively and efficiently.


Self-isolation facilities managed by the central government or the BNPB will now be controlled by local governments, head of health handling at the COVID-19 Task Force, Alexander K Ginting, said.


"Management at the local government (level) will be more efficient and effective because it can directly touch the root of the problem of isolating residents who are positive for COVID-19," Ginting told ANTARA in Jakarta on Tuesday.


Though they will now be managed by local governments, the central government will continue to bear the cost of operating the self-isolation facilities in hotels, inns, and guesthouses, he added.


The transfer of control of the management of the self-isolation facilities to local governments would be carried out in stages, he informed.


According to Ginting, the process of transferring control of self-isolation facilities to the local government in DKI Jakarta began on Tuesday.


The DKI Jakarta provincial government has prepared 29 isolation centers for residents affected by COVID-19 and six facilities for health workers from referral hospitals handling coronavirus infections.


In East Java’s Bangkalan, the local government has prepared six hospitals to handle COVID-19 patients, Ginting said.

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The regional governments in Kudus (Central Java) and Medan (North Sumatra) have also prepared health and quarantine facilities to tackle the spread of COVID-19 in their respective regions, he added.


According to him, local governments have demonstrated their capability in handling COVID-19 patients.


"If there is a need for central support, there will be coordination," he added.


However, in managing self-isolation facilities, local governments must still refer to the provisions set by the central government, he said. (INE)

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