"Hajj dormitories have earlier been used as COVID-19 isolation facilities. This year, Religious Affairs Minister Yaqut Cholil Qoumas has given permission and the hajj dormitories can be used as isolation facilities again," acting Director General of Hajj and Umrah of the ministry Khoirizi noted in a statement here on Monday.
Khoirizi noted that of the total 31 hajj dormitories in Indonesia, only four could not be used for self-isolation: hajj dormitories in Pontianak, Mamuju, Jayapura, and Sorong.
In 2020, the ministry has worked in coordination with the COVID-19 Task Force to utilize the hajj dormitory as an isolation facility.
He cited the example of the hajj dormitory in Pondok Gede, Bekasi City of West Java.
"Two buildings in the Pondok Gede hajj dormitory are prepared for isolation of COVID-19 patients," he remarked.
Director of Hajj Domestic Services Saiful Mujab spoke of having coordinated with the Hajj Hospital Jakarta to ensure that the isolation facility has complied with the standard of the Jakarta Health Office, the Health Ministry as well as the World Health Organization (WHO).
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