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Jakarta Post

Indonesian Navy may be forgotten asset in pandemic

  • Alban Sciascia and Anastasia Febiola Sumarauw

Jakarta   /   Sat, April 25 2020   /  01:23 am

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to worsen in different regions, exhausted and overwhelmed medical staff are fighting to provide assistance for all infected patients. According to a recent study, approximately 20 percent of COVID-19 positive cases globally require critical treatment, while the availability of intensive care unit beds is very limited.

Several governments have decided to involve their militaries to maximize state capability in dealing with the outbreak. Armies are deployed to help secure hospitals and states’ quarantine policy. The air forces distribute medical supplies, transport and evacuate patients. To some extent, a number of governments have deployed their navies’ hospital ships or multipurpose vessels to provide additional medical support.

At least five navies in the world have deployed their assets, including hospital ships, to provide additiona...