In each shelter, we not only build the structure but also educate the community how to live in self-isolation
Jakarta (ANTARA) - The Indonesian Red Cross (PMI) has built community-based self-isolation shelters in Jakarta's densely populated settlements for residents exposed to COVID-19 with mild to no symptoms.

Secretary General of PMI Sudirman Said confirmed that the shelters will be managed along with the local neighborhood (RT/RW) heads.

The shelter's prototype was planned at three locations: Gatot Subroto Avenue, Lot 97, Mampang Prapatan District, South Jakarta; Cipayung District, East Jakarta; and Kelapa Gading Integrated Light Rail Transit (LRT) shelter, North Jakarta.

"In each shelter, we not only build the structure but also educate the community how to live in self-isolation," Said explained at the Paramadina University campus, Jakarta, Monday.

Said noted that the basis for the implementation of controlled isolation was the community closest to the isolation site.

The rationale behind it is that all closest local communities, who are involved in the controlled isolation, will instruct and educate themselves and others, while the community health center will partake in monitoring the health, according to Said.

"The controlled isolation system will start by collecting the residents’ data from neighborhood heads. There is also a COVID-19 Task Force for neighborhoods that will record the data," he expounded.

"Then, after the isolation tents are put up, each of them will be coordinated by two officers, one from the RT/RW and one from the local Red Cross, who will record who is eligible to enter," he explained.

Controlled isolation shelters are being built to reduce family clusters and placate the burden on hospitals in accommodating COVID-19 patients, he remarked.

Said informed that his team had selected isolation areas that are quite large, easy to reach, and in proximity to the residents' settlements.

Said inspected the self-isolation location in the courtyard of the Paramadina University Campus at around 11:40 a.m. local time. The plan was to erect two shelter tents that can accommodate up to 24 people.

Furthermore, in Cipayung District, East Jakarta, three tents are put up on the grounds of Paramadina University. They can accommodate up to 36 people.

Meanwhile, the Kelapa Gading LRT shelter does not use tents but utilizes office spaces, with a capacity of up to 25 people and can accommodate families.

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Translator: Abdu Faisal, Kenzu T
Editor: Sri Haryati
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