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Govt to build COVID-19 hospital in Bangka Belitung Islands

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    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, June 10, 2020   /   02:39 pm
Govt to build COVID-19 hospital in Bangka Belitung Islands This COVID-19 hospital, which occupies a 16-hectare former Vietnamese refugee camp on Galang Island, Riau Islands province, was officially inaugurated on April 6, 2020. Another hospital is to be built in Bangka Belitung Islands. (courtesy/Public Works and Public Housing Ministry )

The national COVID-19 task force has secured a 5-hectare plot of land in Bangka Belitung Islands for the construction of the country’s third COVID-19 hospital.

“The hospital building might only need 1 hectare, but there are 5 hectares of land available to the west of Ir Soekarno General Hospital,” Bangka Belitung Islands COVID-19 task force chief Armayani Rusli said on Wednesday, as quoted by kompas.com.

He said the construction of the hospital would commence in July and was expected to be completed in one month.

The hospital will be a one-story building comprising service rooms and patient rooms. A total of 100 beds will be provided, with 25 beds for intensive care and 75 beds for mild cases.

“In the future, the facility can be used for the treatment of infectious diseases or infections other than COVID-19,” said Armayani.

The Bangka Belitung Islands COVID-19 Hospital is the third project by the central government after the COVID-19 hospital in Galang Island, Riau Islands and the one facility that is currently under construction in Lamongan regency, East Java.

Bangka Belitung Islands has recorded 121 confirmed COVID-19 cases as of Tuesday, with one death and 41 recoveries. (aly)