Gov’t Increases Isolation Facilities for Asymptomatic, Mild COVID-19 Patients
The Government increases the number of isolation facilities for asymptomatic COVID-19 patients and those showing mild symptoms, as well as increases the capacity of beds at Intensive Care Units (ICU) at referral hospitals for patients with severe COVID-19.
The statement was made by President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo at his introductory remarks during a virtual Limited Meeting on the Report of COVID-19 Handling and National Economic Recovery Committee from the Merdeka Palace, Jakarta, Monday (14/9).
“There are still 2,581 vacant beds for patients with mild COVID-19 in the Wisma Atlet (Athlete Village) Emergency Hospital: 858 beds in tower 6 and 1,723 beds in tower 7,” the President said.
The Emergency Hospital also has 4,863 available beds to self-isolate asymptomatic COVID-19 patients in tower 4 and tower 5.
“Health Training Facility in Ciloto can accommodate 653 people. We are also preparing several other training facilities in Batam, Semarang, and Makassar,” he said.
The Government, he added, is also preparing quarantine facilities for mild patients so they can undergo self-isolation to prevent them from transmitting the virus to their families.
“We have cooperated with one- and two-star hotels to provide quarantine facilities. Please disseminate that there are 15 one- and two-star hotels in Jakarta that can accommodate 3,000 beds,” he stated.
On that occasion, the President ordered the related ministers to ensure the availability of beds in medical ward and ICU at the referral hospitals for severe COVID-19 patients.
“I have ordered Minister of Health to conduct audit and revision to health protocols for medical staff and patients at hospitals. Thus, hospital will not become a new COVID-19 cluster,” he firmly said. (TGH/EN)
Translated by : Rany Anjany
Reviewed by: Yuyu Mulyani