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Jakarta Post

Galang hospital opens to step up fight against epidemic

  • Fadli

    The Jakarta Post

Batam   /   Wed, April 8 2020   /  01:10 am

The specialist hospital on Galang Island, which has been purpose-built to treat COVID-19 patients from across the nation, opened on Monday to bolster Indonesia’s fight against the outbreak.

Galang Island COVID-19 Specialist Hospital, located in Riau Islands province, has 340 beds for patients under observation and a 20-bed isolation ward for providing intensive care. It also has a cemetery for burying the bodies of patients who have died of COVID-19, as many regions have reported heated public objections to burying COVID-19 patients at local cemeteries.

The hospital has 15 specialist doctors, 110 nurses and other support staff, and 241 volunteer staff.

“This hospital was initially designated for [returning] migrant workers, but it will now also receive referral patients from hospitals in other regions,” Indonesian Military Regional Defense Joint Command I (Koga...