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Jakarta Post

Hospitals seek safeguards for employees

  • Sausan Atika


Jakarta   /   Sat, September 19 2020   /  01:00 am
Medical workers arrange hospital beds at a COVID-19 hospital in the Wisma Atlet Kemayoran apartment complex in Jakarta on March 23. 2020. The hospital can accommodate 3,000 patients. Antara/Kompas/Heru Sri Kumoro/Pool (Antara/Kompas/Heru Sri Kumoro/Pool)

The rising number of coronavirus cases in Jakarta has forced the capital’s administration to add 13 city-owned hospitals to the roster of COVID-19 referral hospitals that specifically treat patients with the disease. But as the hospitals prepare for their transformation, many challenges remain.   Medical specialists have been working tirelessly on the front lines as their colleagues support other essential services for patients who require care.   However, as more hospitals are enlisted to treat COVID-19, all their medical workers face similar exposure to the deadly disease.   Sawah Besar Hospital president director Budi Wibowo said the hospital's management had attempted to motivate its medical workers after learning that they had been appointed to help treat coronavirus patients. “It’s human to be worried, right? Especially when...