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Jakarta Post

COVID-19: Bandung's Hasan Sadikin Hospital to add more isolation rooms

  • Arya Dipa

    The Jakarta Post

Bandung   /   Thu, March 26, 2020   /   12:26 pm
COVID-19: Bandung's Hasan Sadikin Hospital to add more isolation rooms Medical workers conduct a simulation of handling patients infected with COVID-19 at Hasan Sadikin Hospital in Bandung, West Java, in March. (Antara/M Agung Rajasa)

Hasan Sadikin Hospital in Bandung, West Java, has planned to add more isolation rooms to accommodate a surge of COVID-19 patients.

The hospital's director of the Medical, Nursing and Support Department, Nucki Nursjamsi, said the additional rooms could take in up to 200 patients.

"It's part of our second scenario to open inpatient care for up to 200 COVID-19 patients in the hospital," Nucki told The Jakarta Post via video message on Wednesday.

However, Nucki said the isolation rooms were not ready yet as the hospital was still waiting for ventilator machines.

Previously, Hasan Sadikin Hospital president director Nina Susana Dewi said she would turn the hospital's tuberculosis isolation rooms into COVID-19 isolation rooms.

"We already have five special isolation rooms. [If we] add the 24 tuberculosis isolation rooms we would have 29 rooms in total [for COVID-19 patients]," Nina said.

Nina said the hospital would cooperate with other hospitals and the local health agency to transfer the tuberculosis patients so that they could be treated in other hospitals.

If all beds in the 29 isolation rooms were occupied, Nina said, the hospital would use other rooms in the same building to accommodate more COVID-19 patients. The hospital would then have a total of 252 beds.

The hospital's director of operational and general affairs, Muhammad Kamaruzzaman, said the protective gear for the medical personnel taking care of COVID-19 patients would last the next 10 days.

"As long as we don't have a sudden surge in COVID-19 patients, the protective gear could last the next 10 days," he told the Post on Tuesday.

Kamaruzzaman said the hospital was currently treating 24 COVID-19 patients and suspected patients, an increase of 11 people from the previous day.

"Of the 24 patients, 11 tested positive for COVID-19, increasing by five from yesterday," he said.

The confirmed COVID-19 patients, he said, comprised six men and five women aged 24 to 61 years old.

Indonesia has 790 COVID-19 cases and 58 deaths. West Java is the province with the second-most cases after Jakarta with 73 confirmed cases and 10 deaths. (nal)