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Jakarta Post

RI opens first WHO airborne infection isolation rooms

  • Elly Burhaini Faizal

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, December 13 2011   /  09:47 am

Indonesia will likely be able to contain avian influenza outbreaks in the future as the Health Ministry opened on Monday its first ever isolation rooms with negative pressure, crucial in managing infectious diseases, including avian influenza, and preventing their transmission.

Health Minister Endang Rahayu Sedyaningsih said that the newly developed airborne infection isolation facilities in Tangerang Regional Hospital in Tangerang, Banten, and in Persahabatan Hospital in Jakarta, were specifically designed to help contain avian influenza outbreaks in the country.

Human fatalities from H5N1 or “bird flu” virus were mostly caused by delayed diagnosis and improper treatment, she said.

“By developing such airborne infection isolation rooms, we hope that hospitals can offer better treatment for patients infected by the virus so that we can reduce bird flu-related d...