Minister Orders Isolation Ships, Airports to Standby until D+5 of 20th PON Closing
Two centralized isolation ships and four airports will remain on standby until 20 October 2021 or five days after the closing ceremony of the 20th National Sports Week (PON) in Papua, Minister of Transportation Budi Karya Sumadi said.
“I have instructed Director General of Sea Transportation that the two centralized isolation ships should standby in Papua until five days after the closing ceremony of the 20th PON and ensure that all the patients are being treated properly,” the Minister said on Tuesday (12/10).
The two ships purposed as the isolation facilities are KM Tidar, docked in Jayapura, and KM Sirimau, docked in Merauke, while the four airports are Sentani Airport in Jayapura, Mozes Kilangin Airport in Timika, Domine Eduard Osok Airport in Sorong, and Mopah Airport in Merauke.
According to him, KM Tidar has been docked in Jayapura since 12 August 2021 or before the PON, to serve as a COVID-19 isolation facility. Meanwhile, KM Sirimau has been docked in Merauke since 27 September 2021 after ending the isolation service in Sorong.
For the record, KM Tidar has a capacity of 929 beds (873 beds for patients and 56 beds for health workers), while KM Sirimau has a capacity of 460 beds (449 beds for patients and 11 beds for health workers).
Currently, as many as 15 people, consisting of 14 people from the PON cluster and one person from the general cluster, are being treated on the KM Tidar ship.
“The two isolation ships are expected to help control the spread of COVID-19 in Papua,” he said.
The ships, the Minister said, can serve as alternative isolation facilities for COVID-19 patients without symptoms as the ships will be more monitored when compared to self-isolation at home. In addition, isolation on the ships may limit the potential spread of COVID-19 because the patient mobility will only be carried out on the ships.
The Ministry has also coordinated with airline operators to facilitate the departure of athletes and officials by implementing strict health protocols in the four airports.
“We have ensured that the departure of the athletes via airports is in accordance with strict health protocols implemented by the airports and airlines. We have also imposed the use of PeduliLindungi application and ensured that those who depart have vaccination certificates and [negative] PCR tests,” he said. (PR of Ministry of Transportation/UN) (FI/MMB)