COVID-19: TNI sends 122 health personnel to Yogyakarta

COVID-19: TNI sends 122 health personnel to Yogyakarta

As many as 122 TNI health personnel boarded two Hercules C130 TNI AU aircraft at Halim Perdanakusuma Air Base, East Jakarta to travel to Yogyakarta on Monday (August 9, 2021). (ANTARA/HO-Puspen TNI/RA)

Jakarta (ANTARA) - The Indonesian Military (TNI) has dispatched 122 health personnel to Yogyakarta to support COVID-19 handling efforts in the province.

The personnel took off for Yogyakarta on board two C130 transport planes from Halim Perdanakusuma Air Base, East Jakarta, on Monday.

The deployment of the health personnel was ordered by Indonesian Military (TNI) Commander, Air Chief Marshal Hadi Tjahjanto, to aid COVID-19 handling in five locations in Yogyakarta -- the city of Yogyakarta, and districts of Bantul, Sleman, Kulon Progo, and Gunung Kidul.

While leading the departure ceremony, head of the military health center, Mayor General Ratmono, said that the continued deployment to Yogyakarta was an honor for the TNI health personnel.

"The country really needs your energy and dedication because you are the front liners in preventing the spread of COVID-19 in the country," Ratmono was quoted by a press statement as saying. 

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"On behalf of the TNI Commander, I express my appreciation, gratitude, and high appreciation," he remarked.

The TNI is committed to assisting the government in accelerating vaccinations by mobilizing all its capabilities to slow down the spread of COVID-19 in the country, he added.

Among those deployed to Yogyakarta are 88 general practitioners (GP), 11 dentists, 4 nurses, 8 pharmacists, 2 physiotherapists, 1 radiologist, and 3 nutritionists, he informed.

They also include 1 electromedical technician, 2 medical analysts, 1 medical record officer, and 1 dental nurse who have completed their duties in Greater Jakarta areas, he added.

The first case of COVID-19 in Indonesia was confirmed in March 2020.

According to data released by the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB), 3,686,740 people had been confirmed positive for COVID-19 and 3,129,661 people had recovered from the infection in the country so far.  

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