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IDI urges public to follow protocols as more doctors die

  • Moch. Fiqih Prawira Adjie

    Jakarta

Jakarta   /   Sat, September 19 2020   /  01:00 am
Medical staff prepare in the treatment room at Covid-19 Emergency Hospital at Kemayoran Atlet Hospital, Jakarta, Monday, March 3, 2020. President Joko Widodo, who has inspected this place, ensures that the emergency hospital is ready to be used for quarantine and care for Covid-19 patients. The Athlete Village has a capacity of 24 thousand people, while currently it has been prepared for three thousand patients.(Kompas/Pool/Heru Sri Kumoro)

The Indonesian Medical Association (IDI) has urged people to adhere more strictly to health protocols as the number of doctors who have died of COVID-19 has increased to 171. IDI mitigation team chief Adib Khumaidi said the rising number of doctor fatalities showed that the public was still ignoring COVID-19 prevention measures, including wearing masks, washing hands regularly and physical distancing. “We understand that there are economic needs being considered. However, as the front line against the COVID-19 pandemic, we ask the public to be more disciplined in following health protocols in their daily activities,” Adib said in a statement on Friday. Adib said public ignorance would not only prolong the health crisis but would also create a long-term negative effect on the economy, which observers said was already on the brink of recession. “Indonesia has ...