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Protecting frontline workers key to containing contagion

  • Reyner Valiant Tumbelaka

Surabaya   /   Wed, April 1 2020   /  01:26 am
Front-line warriors: Healthcare workers, wearing protective gear, rush a patient suspected of COVID-19 infection to an isolation room at Iskak Regional Hospital in Tulungagung, East Java, on March 13. (JP/Asip Hasani)(JP/Asip Hasani)

Front-line warriors: Healthcare workers, wearing protective gear, rush a patient suspected of COVID-19 infection to an isolation room at Iskak Regional Hospital in Tulungagung, East Java, on March 13. (JP/Asip Hasani)The persistent issue for Indonesian medical professionals is largely being portrayed at present as one of sourcing extra masks, goggles, hazmat suits and other personal protective equipment (PPE). But they face multiple complications that are rarely reported.

Doctors and medical residents of all specialties are on the front lines in the COVID-19 pandemic, and we are not just in the emergency room, but also in outpatient clinics, general wards and labs, at reception, in offices, in the dispensary and almost every corner at all referral hospitals.

Every time we arrive at the hospital, we are resolved to help patients, not only those with the coronavirus, but also...