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Jakarta Post

Overwhelmed by patients, Jakarta turns to central govt

  • Dyaning Pangestika


Jakarta   /   Sat, January 23 2021   /  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)

Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan has asked the central government to take over the COVID-19 response in Greater Jakarta -- which comprises Jakarta and its neighboring cities -- as the capital is running out of hospital beds as a result of the overwhelming number of patients from the nearby cities over which Jakarta has no jurisdiction. Anies' deputy Ahmad Riza Patria was quoted by as saying that the governor "already coordinated with the central government, hopefully they can take over to control the situation". Riza said he expected that the central government would be able to improve health facilities in Greater Jakarta by adding more hospital beds, suggesting that the central government should take over the coordination for COVID-19 control in each region, especially when health facilities are overwhelmed. In an Instagram post on Wednesday, the Jakarta...