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Jakarta Post

Govt deploys medical interns to front lines

  • Ardila Syakriah


Jakarta   /   Mon, September 21 2020   /  01:00 am
Medical staff check the readiness of the equipment in the ICU room of the Covid-19 Emergency Hospital at Kemayoran Atlet Hospital, Jakarta, Monday, March 23, 2020. President Joko Widodo who has conducted a review of this place ensures that this emergency hospital is ready to be used for quarantine and treatment of Covid patients -19. The Athlete House has a capacity of 24 thousand people, while currently it has been prepared for three thousand patients.(Kompas/Pool/Heru Sri Kumoro)

Health Minister Terawan Agus Putranto is in hot water because of a recent comment about having deployed thousands of medical interns to the front lines of the nation’s COVID-19 treatment efforts. "We still have 3,500 interns and 800 Nusantara Sehat [Archipelago Health program] workers – In addition to 685 volunteers such as lung specialists, anesthetists, internists, general practitioners and nurses – who are ready to be deployed and to help if a larger workforce is needed," Terawan said last week. He said 16,286 medical interns and volunteers had already been deployed to COVID-19 referral hospitals and labs. His statement, the latest of his comments to attract public criticism, followed reports that more than 100 doctors had died of COVID-19 and growing concerns that the nation’s healthcare system was facing collapse. In the Indonesian syste...