Jakarta (ANTARA) - Deputy III of the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) Major General Fajar Setyawan said he hopes that the COVID-19 Emergency Hospital (RSDC) Wisma Atlet Kemayoran can become a reference for handling non-natural national disasters.

"I hope that the way RSDC Wisma Atlet Kemayoran handles COVID-19 can be well documented. This can become a knowledge-sharing asset in handling non-natural disasters in the future," Setyawan said while attending the two-year anniversary commemoration of RSDC Wisma Atlet Kemayoran in Jakarta on Wednesday.

With its operationalization as a COVID-19 emergency hospital, Wisma Atlet Kemayoran became the most important icon in the history of the COVID-19 response in Indonesia, he remarked.

"Since its establishment, the RSDC Wisma Atlet Kemayoran has been designated as the first RSDC in Indonesia, which later became the largest RSDC in Southeast Asia," he remarked.

During the two years of its operation, the RSDC Wisma Atlet Kemayoran has seen three peaks of the COVID-19 pandemic in Indonesia.

The highest peak occurred during the Delta wave in June 2021, with the average bed occupancy rate (BOR) reaching up to 90 percent.

In contrast, the BOR at RSDC Wisma Atlet Kemayoran was only 10 percent as of Wednesday (March 23, 2022).

"In this situation that is showing a positive trend, we are thinking about strategies to handle COVID-19, especially when we are heading towards the endemic phase," Setyawan said.

Regarding the future of the RSDC Wisma Atlet Kemayoran, he said the COVID-19 Handling Task Force will look at various parameters to determine further policy directions.

"The task force will look at any indicators in determining the needs and role of the RSDC Wisma Atlet Kemayoran in the future," he added.

Since starting operations on March 23, 2020, the RSDC Wisma Atlet Kemayoran has treated 162,966 COVID-19 patients.

Translator: Putu Indah S, Resinta S
Editor: Rahmad Nasution
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