Rumah Oksigen Gotong Royong opens doors to patients needing oxygen

Rumah Oksigen Gotong Royong opens doors to patients needing oxygen

Rumah Oksigen Gotong Royong (ROGR), an accommodation facility for COVID-19 patients, located in Pulo Gadung, East Jakarta opened on Monday. (ANTARA/HO/ROGR Communication Team)

Jakarta (ANTARA) - Rumah Oksigen Gotong Royong (ROGR) located in Pulo Gadung, East Jakarta, an accommodation facility for COVID-19 patients with mild symptoms, especially those needing oxygen, officially opened on Monday.

Set up under a collaboration between the Indonesian Military (TNI), the National Police (Polri), The Indonesian Medical' Association (IDI), and volunteers from the Ministry of Health, ROGR will be operated by experienced health workers from the Wisma Atlet Hospital, an official informed on Tuesday.

The facility has around 500 beds spread over four treatment units, he said. The beds have been connected directly to pipelines supplying 350-400 liters of oxygen per hour, he informed. In the initial stage, two maintenance units will be operated first, he added.

“Treatment for Rumah Oksigen Gotong Royong patients will be adjusted according to the Ministry of Health’s guidelines regarding isolation with mild symptoms. If a case escalation occurs, ROGR is also ready with a special care unit equipped with a ventilator and high flow nasal cannula (HFNC) so that necessary assistance can be given while waiting for a referral to the hospital,” Main Assistant Officer V of Indonesian National Armed Forces (TNI), Colonel Dr. Stefanus Dony, said.

ROGR can be used by COVID-19 positive citizens with mild symptoms and oxygen saturation levels above or equal to 90 percent, who have no comorbidities or have controlled comorbidities, he informed.

Patients will receive free treatment at the ROGR and will be provided nutritious food three times a day, he added.

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Meanwhile, chairman of the Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KADIN), Arsjad Rasjid, said he was grateful that the first Rumah Oksigen Gotong Royong is finally operational.

"The construction of the facility over the past three weeks is the hard work of various parties. We hope that this facility can help many patients with mild symptoms of COVID-19 to get oxygen. We would also like to thank the parties who supported the construction and operation of the first Rumah Oksigen Gotong Royong," Rasjid remarked.

Patients can gain admission at ROGR through two methods, he informed. The first is through referrals from health facilities such as health centers, hospitals or the Wisma Athlete Hospital, he said.

The second is by registering through the HaloDoc application, which will show the availability of beds and allow patients to choose their time of arrival, he added.

The semi-permanent health facility was initiated by the GoTo Group, Halodoc, PT Aneka Gas Industri Tbk (Samator Group), Master Steel, Tripatra Engineers and Constructors as well as the Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KADIN) as a mutual cooperation initiative between the private sector, the government, and strategic partners for facing the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, Rasjid said.

CEO of GoTo, Andre Soelistyo, said he hoped the ROGR would support efforts to overcome the medical oxygen crisis.

"We would like to thank the TNI Health Center, POLRI, IDI as well as the Ministry of Health of Republic of Indonesia’s volunteers who will help to manage ROGR -- they have long experience operating field hospitals. We are also grateful for the support of various parties in the private sector for Rumah Oksigen, so that with mutual cooperation we can all bring the facility to life in a short time," Soelistyo remarked.

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