The Jakarta Post
The Jakarta branch of the Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Kadin) has donated thousands of items to meet the basic needs of medical workers standing on the front line in the battle against the 2019 coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
The donation includes thousands of liters of liquid hand sanitizer, 750 pairs of rubber gloves, 2.5 tons of rice, 500 packs of tinned cake, wheat flour and cooking oil as well as 12 disinfection chambers.
Kadin Jakarta handed the assistance over to the Jakarta administration, which will distribute the goods to health workers currently staying at city-owned hotels.
"We were touched by the governor’s concern about health workers," Kadin Jakarta chairwoman Diana Dewi said at City Hall on Friday. "Today, we are participating to ease the Jakarta administration's heavy burden. We hope this can be good charity from all of us."
Jakarta, being the country's epicenter of the outbreak, has continued to see more medical workers contract the contagious respiratory disease amid reports of a lack of adequate protective gear and supplies.
As of Thursday, 50 workers from 24 hospitals across the city had tested positive for the disease and two had died, said the Jakarta administration's assistant for public welfare, Catur Laswanto.
The capital reported 83 new infections on Friday, raising the number of COVID-19 cases to 598 in total. Fifty-one people have died from the disease in the city so far.
Amid the outbreak of the fast-spreading virus, health workers need more and more healthcare supplies, especially protective gear. Donations, therefore, were badly needed, especially for health workers staying at city-owned hotels, said the president director of city-owned hotel manager PT Jakarta Tourisindo's (Jaktour), Novita Dewi.
Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan issued a policy on Thursday to provide a place for doctors and nurses to live while handling COVID-19 cases in hospitals.
The administration provided 220 rooms with 414 beds at the Grand Cempaka Business hotel – one of the properties managed by Jaktour – in Central Jakarta’s Cempaka Putih district. More than 300 medical workers are currently put up at the hotel.
Novita said the company, which manages several hotels across the capital, had also provided accommodation for 157 medical workers at D'Arcici Alhijra Hotel in the same district.
Novita said Jaktour was preparing another hotel, D'Arcici Plumpang in Koja district of North Jakarta, to host health workers from the Tarakan Regional General Hospital in Gambir district, Central Jakarta and Duren Sawit Hospital in Duren Sawit district, East Jakarta.
"We definitely need these donations to serve the medical workers staying at our hotels," Dewi said as she thanked Kadin Jakarta's for the donation. (dfr)