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Indonesia seeks more medical workers to combat COVID-19

  • Ghina Ghaliya

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sat, March 28 2020   /  01:10 am

The COVID-19 rapid response task force has called for an additional 1,500 doctors and 2,500 nurses to treat COVID-19 patients amid the surge in cases across the archipelago.

“Indonesia currently needs around 1,500 doctors, especially pulmonologists, anesthetists and general physicians, as well as 2,500 nurses,” COVID-19 task force volunteer coordinator Andre Rahadian told a media briefing on Thursday.

In addition to more doctors and nurses, Andre said that hospitals urgently needed more laboratory staff, administrative staff and ambulance drivers.

He suggested that students in their final year of medical school would form the “second front line” in preventing the spread of COVID-1 by providing “medical and [mental health] consultations through an online platform”.

The COVID-19 task force is working in collaboration with various universities and NGO...