Kaledupa Island is part of the Wakatobi Islands, a famed marine national park in southeastern Sulawesi.
Behind its natural beauty, the island suffers from a lack of health facilities. This condition puts its residents’ health at risk, particularly amid the coronavirus outbreak in Indonesia.
While big cities in Java are receiving the government’s continuous support to contain the virus, Kaledupa islanders are doing their best to fight off the virus with limited resources.
Every time a boat moors on the island, disinfectant workers meticulously spray the boat’s deck and cabin. They also checked the temperatures of arriving passengers and even spray them and their baggage with disinfectant. However, this may not be the right solution as WHO Indonesia has warned against spraying people with disinfectant, noting its health risks.
As of Tuesday, Southeast Sulawesi has recorded six confirmed COVID-19 patients, one of whom had recovered. [yps]