Indonesia Appoints 137 Hospitals to Handle Coronavirus Cases

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  • Medical workers in protective suits attend to patients at the Wuhan International Conference and Exhibition Center, which has been converted into a makeshift hospital to receive patients with mild symptoms caused by the novel coronavirus, in Wuhan, Hubei province, China February 5, 2020. Picture taken February 5, 2020. Wuhan is turning three places into temporary hospitals to accept coronavirus patients. The video, shot in the city of Wuhan in central China's Hubei Province on Tuesday, shows workers setting up beds and equipment inside Wuhan International Conference & Exhibition Center. China Daily via REUTERS

    Medical workers in protective suits attend to patients at the Wuhan International Conference and Exhibition Center, which has been converted into a makeshift hospital to receive patients with mild symptoms caused by the novel coronavirus, in Wuhan, Hubei province, China February 5, 2020. Picture taken February 5, 2020. Wuhan is turning three places into temporary hospitals to accept coronavirus patients. The video, shot in the city of Wuhan in central China's Hubei Province on Tuesday, shows workers setting up beds and equipment inside Wuhan International Conference & Exhibition Center. China Daily via REUTERS

    TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - Coordinating Minister for Human Development and Culture Muhadjir Effendy says the government has appointed additional hospitals to handle cases of coronavirus or COVID-19

    “There were initially 100 appointed hospitals, which now has increased to 137. A number of private-owned hospitals have also offered their services to us,” said Muhadjir at the Presidential Palace Complex on Wednesday, March 4. 

    One of the requirements a hospital needs to handle Covid-19 cases includes the availability of an international-standard isolation room and medical equipment that are also up to the task. 

    Other areas the government has taken to mitigate the spread of coronavirus disease is by forming a dedicated team that is tasked to track down those who are exposed to coronavirus suspects. 

    “Take the example of a New Zealand national aboard a plane coming from Iran and is transitting in Bali, we have tracked down all of them. There were maybe 30 people but they all turned out to be negative [for coronavirus],” said Muhadjir. 

    EGI ADYATAMA