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Jakarta Post

Astra donates 30 ventilators to three hospitals

  • Mardika Parama

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, April 28, 2020   /   08:12 am
Astra donates 30 ventilators to three hospitals Boxes of personal protective equipment (PPE) are unloaded from an airplane at the Haluoleo Airport, Kendari, Southeast Sulawesi, on March 3. (Antara/Jojon)

Diversified conglomerate PT Astra International Tbk donated 30 ventilators worth Rp 13 billion (US$836,000) to three hospitals treating COVID-19 patients in Jakarta on Monday.

Fifteen ventilators were donated to the Gatot Subroto Army Hospital (RSPAD), while 10 were given to the COVID-19 hospital at the Kemayoran athletes village complex in Central Jakarta and five were given to the Sulianti Saroso Infectious Diseases Hospital, the company’s spokesman Boy Kelana Soebroto told journalists in a virtual press conference.

 “Astra through its CSR program Nurani Astra [Astra’s conscience] donated the third aid package today to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the form of 30 ventilators,” he said.

In total, Astra has donated three aid packages worth around Rp 106 billion since the COVID-19 pandemic began, according to Boy.

The company’s previous aid packages included 100 vans and 10 trucks that were given to the Indonesian Red Cross (PMI).

RSPAD’s deputy head Brig. Gen. dr. Albertus Budi Sulistya, who also joined the press conference to receive the aid package, said the hospital had seen a slight decrease in COVID-19 patient admittance, even though the number of cases was still rising.

“We have seen a slight decrease recently, as our [COVID-19] dedicated bed occupancy ratio (BOR) has dropped to 62.5 percent from 66 percent previously,” he said.

He added that the number of patients under surveillance (PDP) who were in the late stage of pregnancy was also increasing, which required the hospital to follow additional precautions.

“We have to follow special precautions for cases who are about to give birth,” he said.

Indonesia recorded 275 new confirmed COVID-19 cases on Sunday, which brought the total number of confirmed cases to 8,882, according to Achmad Yurianto, the spokesman for the government's COVID-19 task force.

Speaking at a press conference on Sunday, Yurianto said that 23 more people had died due to the disease, bringing the death toll to 743 people.