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Medics threaten to stop COVID treatment unless they get proper gear

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, March 30 2020   /  01:02 am

Medical worker associations in the country have threatened to stop treating COVID-19 patients if the government does not ensure the availability of protective health gear amid a shortage of such equipment.

The warning was stipulated in a joint statement issued on Friday by several medical worker associations, including the Indonesian Medical Association (IDI), the Indonesian Dentists Association (PDGI) and the Indonesian National Nurses Association (PPNI).

IDI chairman Daeng M. Faqih confirmed the joint statement. “We issued it for the sake of our colleagues’ safety. If they are infected with the disease, who will treat patients at medical facilities?” he told The Jakarta Post on Saturday.

The associations asserted that medical workers were susceptible to the disease, especially the ones handling people infected by COVID-19 without wearing protective equipment....