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Grab offers free scooter rides for health workers in COVID-19 emergency hospital

  • Tri Indah Oktavianti

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, April 28, 2020   /   06:00 pm
Grab offers free scooter rides for health workers in COVID-19 emergency hospital A medical worker uses a GrabWheels electric scooter at the COVID-19 emergency hospital in the former athletes village in Kemayoran, Central Jakarta, as captured in this undated photo. (Courtesy of/Grab Indonesia)

Online ride-hailing platform Grab Indonesia is providing free GrabWheels electric scooters for medical personnel treating COVID-19 patients at the emergency hospital in the former athletes village in Kemayoran, Central Jakarta.

The company will provide 100 scooters under a partnership program with the State-Owned Enterprises (SOE) Ministry to ease medical workers navigating the four apartment towers used as the COVID-19 treatment center.

Grab will provide four GrabWheels stations in each tower, which will be attended by an operator 24 hours a day tasked with providing information to users and maintenance for the scooters.

In addition, the scooters will be disinfected every two hours. The operator will also provide hand sanitizers for users.

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SOEs Minister Erick Thohir lauded the partnership.

“It’s a good thing to help each other during this hard time. This shows that aid doesn’t always take the form of money and goods, but also technology,” the minister said in a statement on Monday.

The government has converted four of the 10 athletes village towers into an emergency hospital focused on treating COVID-19 patients since March 23. President Joko Widodo said the facility would have the capacity for 3,000 patients.

According to the national COVID-19 task force, 832 patients were hospitalized in the facility as of Monday, including 720 confirmed cases.