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‘You are national heroes’. Recovered COVID-19 patients thank medical workers

  • Apriadi Gunawan

    The Jakarta Post

Medan, North Sumatra   /   Wed, April 8, 2020   /   07:57 pm
‘You are national heroes’. Recovered COVID-19 patients thank medical workers Health workers take a break after a prolonged period of COVID-19 swab testing in Cimanggis, Depok, West Java, on April 8. (Antara/Asprilla Dwi Adha)

 

A number of recovered COVID-19 patients have expressed their gratitude for the hard work and dedication of medical personnel during the health crisis.

"Thank you. You are national heroes who have saved many lives," Aulia Rizki Agsa, a recovered patient who was treated at Adam Malik Hospital in Medan, North Sumatra, said on Tuesday. He was declared healthy and free of the disease after spending 18 days in the hospital. 

"Thank God, I’ve finally regained my health with the help of a medical team who did an outstanding job," said the member of North Sumatra Regional Council who tested positive for COVID-19 following work trips to Manado and Jakarta several weeks ago.

The 24-year old was discharged from the hospital after his third swab test produced a negative result. His first and second tests showed positive and negative results, respectively.

Ori Kurniawan, an aid to North Sumatra deputy governor Musa Rajekshah who had spent weeks in the hospital and was discharged recently, said Adam Malik's medical workers were very helpful.

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"They stood by 24 hours a day for us. We only had to press an emergency button if we needed a hand from them," Ori said, adding that he was given supplements and fruit juice during his two weeks of isolation.

The 25-year-old said he might have caught the virus during a work trip with the deputy governor to Jakarta in late March.

Zainal Safri, a director at Adam Malik hospital, confirmed that eight patients had recovered from COVID-19 at the facility so far. "All of them have been transferred to their respective homes," Safri said on Wednesday. He added that he was thankful for his hardworking team in achieving the successes.

The hospital's spokesperson Rosario Dorothy Simanjuntak said separately that three COVID-19 patients isolated at the hospital had died. The hospital is currently monitoring another 11 people.

"Hopefully all of them will recover soon," Rosario said. (vny)