As the number of COVID-19 cases in Indonesia has started to soar, the government has rushed to build emergency hospitals to treat the patients.
In just a month, the government completed the construction of an emergency hospital on Galang Island in Batam, Riau Islands. The hospital’s site used to be a refugee camp for Vietnamese refugees from 1979 to 1996.
The hospital, which commences operations on Monday, has 410 beds, with 360 of them designated as isolation beds.
Another emergency hospital is located in Jakarta, which has recorded the highest number of COVID-19 cases in the country. The government transformed Wisma Atlet Kemayoran, a former athletes village, into a hospital that can accommodate 3,000 patients. The hospital has been open to the public since March 23.
Similar initiatives have also come from local administrations and the private sector.
Padang city administration, for instance, designated Dr. Rasidin Regional Hospital in Kuranji, Padang, West Sumatera, as a referral hospital for the coronavirus.
Meanwhile, Siloam Hospital Group has opened an emergency hospital in the Lippo Plaza Mampang shopping mall and apartments in South Jakarta to anticipate an increase in COVID-19 patients in the city. The hospital’s presence, however, has triggered protests by the apartment tenants on the upper floors. [yps]