Gov’t to Use Pasar Rumput Apartment to Handle COVID-19 Patients

By : Nata Kesuma | Thursday, July 08 2021 - 21:27 IWST

President Jokowi inspects Pasar Rumput low-cost apartment block (Rusunawa) readiness for handling COVID-19 patients (Photo by: Press Media and Information Bureau of Presidential Secretariat/Rusman)
President Jokowi inspects Pasar Rumput low-cost apartment block (Rusunawa) readiness for handling COVID-19 patients (Photo by: Press Media and Information Bureau of Presidential Secretariat/Rusman) - In a bid to tackle the surge in COVID-19 cases in Indonesia, the Government has announced it will make use of Pasar Rumput low-cost apartment in South Jakarta as an isolation place for COVID-19 patients.

“This evening, I, along with Minister of Public Works and Public Housing and Head of the Indonesian National Board for Disaster Management (BNPB), inspected Pasar Rumput low-cost apartment to check its readiness as an isolation place for COVID-19 patients with mild symptoms and no symptoms,” President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo said, Wednesday (07/07/2021).

The apartment itself consists of three towers, with the first tower ready for use with a capacity of 2,060 beds, and the second and the third tower will be ready in 2-3 days. Once everything is read, the total capacity will reach 5,950 beds.

According to the President, should there were a spike in COVID-19 cases, the Government could anticipate it.

On that occasion, the Head of State also urged all regional leaders to directly inspect on the ground to ensure the handling measures in their respective regions.

“All regional leaders must monitor the readiness of medicine supply, medical devices, including oxygen tubes, and isolation rooms,” the President added.

The President also expressed appreciation to health workers for their hard work, dedication and contribution in handling COVID-19 pandemic. 

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