TNI readies precautionary measures against likely COVID-19 spike

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Head of the Indonesian Military Health Center (Kapuskes TNI), Major General Budiman, stated that the Indonesian Military (TNI) is ready to anticipate any surge in COVID-19 cases that may occur after the 2022 Eid al-Fitr.

“The potential spike in cases after Eid has been calculated,” he noted after opening the 2022 TNI Health Technical Coordination Meeting (Rakornikes) at the TNI Headquarters here on Wednesday.

With vaccinations being expedited, it is anticipated that COVID-19 transmission after Eid would be under greater control, he noted.

“The implementation of 3M health protocols, 3T (testing, tracing, treatment), and vaccinations remains mandatory. Thus, all hospitals, such as those under the Ministry of Health, Ministry of Defense, TNI, the National Police (Polri), or the private sector, have been prepared to face that (spike in cases),” Budiman remarked.

The health facilities readied include the Wisma Atlet Kemayoran COVID-19 Emergency Hospital and the Wisma Atlet Pademangan COVID-19 Emergency Hospital. Moreover, all volunteers at the Wisma Atlet Kemayoran hospital continued to be alerted to face various possibilities.

Budiman noted that currently, the Wisma Atlet Kemayoran COVID-19 Emergency Hospital is still treating 40 COVID-19 patients despite the decreasing number of daily confirmed cases.

“Meanwhile, the number of active (COVID-19) cases nationally as of today stands at 70 thousand, and the number of daily cases on average is at one thousand. This shows an encouraging figure, thanks to the excellent collaboration under the leadership of the minister of health with all relevant stakeholders, including the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) as well as the TNI and Polri,” he remarked.

Regarding the plan to increase the number of personnel and bed capacity, he affirmed that the preparations being made are better than those during the outbreak of the Delta variant. Moreover, although the Omicron variant spreads quickly, its impact on health is not as severe as the Delta variant, he added.

“Like what the health minister has conveyed, our preparations in terms of hospitals, bed availability, isolation facility availability, ICUs, oxygen, medicines, and others are so much more ready as compared to during the Delta variant (spread),” he stated.

Source: Antara News