Indonesia: 100 doctors in Indonesia have died from Covid-19


JAKARTA, Aug 31 (The Jakarta Post/ANN): It is known that 100 doctors have died from Covid-19 as the number of cases and fatalities across the archipelago continue to mount, according to the Indonesian Medical Association (IDI).

The IDI broke the news on Monday (Aug 31) in a written statement, which also included a list of names of health professionals who had succumbed to the contagious respiratory disease.

Among them are doctors from Airlangga University’s School of Medicine and Soetomo Hospital in Surabaya, East Java – Miftah Fawzy Sarengat and Putri Wulan Sukmawati.

IDI chairman Daeng M. Fiqih told The Jakarta Post that the association had coordinated with the national Covid-19 task force and relevant departments to ensure the availability of protective equipment in hospitals and health facilities so as to prevent more deaths among health workers.

“Hospitals should issue a special policy that temporarily prohibits health personnel with comorbidities and those who are at higher risk [of contracting the coronavirus] from working,” he said, adding that health professionals should also be required to regularly take polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests to ensure a safe working environment.

Furthermore, he also urged hospitals to create a work schedule in accordance with doctors’ physical health to prevent fatigue, which makes them more vulnerable to the virus.

“Every stakeholder should work together to support hospitals in implementing those measures,” Daeng said.

In Medan, North Sumatra, two doctors -- Daud Ginting, 66, and Edwin Parlindungan Marpaung, 44 -- died from Covid-19 while receiving treatments in different hospitals on Sunday.

Daud died at 2am on Sunday following a week of treatment at Martha Friska Multatuli Hospital, which he was referred and admitted to after previously being hospitalized for a week at Mitra Sejati Hospital, said Wijaya Juwarna, the chairman of IDI's Medan chapter.

The late doctor, who previously worked at Pirngadi Hospital, succumbed to the disease at the same hospital where his wife was being treated after testing positive for Covid-19, Wijaya said.

"As of (Monday), Daud's wife is still undergoing intensive treatment at Martha Friska Multatuli Hospital," he told the Post on Monday.

Edwin, an orthopedic doctor, died at Columbia Asia Hospital in Medan at 9:44 p.m. on Sunday, Wijaya added.

The Health Ministry announced 2,858 new confirmed Covid-19 cases on Sunday, bringing the total number of infections nationwide to 172,053. According to data released by the ministry on Sunday, 82 more people have died of the disease, bringing the death toll to 7,343.

Earlier this month, IDI spokesperson Halik Malik said the majority of doctors who died from Covid-19 were between 28 and 39 years old. - The Jakarta Post/ASian News Network
Article type: metered
User Type: anonymous web
User Status:
Campaign ID: 1
Cxense type: free
User access status: 3
Join our Telegram channel to get our Evening Alerts and breaking news highlights

Indonesia , Doctors , Dead , On Duty , Covid-19 Effects

   

Next In Aseanplus News

Cambodian govt approves US$8.5 billion for 2022 annual spending, up 8.4%
Laos: Annual Vientiane boat racing festival cancelled amid Covid-19 outbreak
80% full vaccination main criterion to de-escalation plans in Brunei
Indonesian court rejects debt restructuring request against airline Garuda
Thailand announces reopening rules for tourism reboot
China can’t look to Singapore for a way to live with Covid-19, health economist says
Geely’s Lynk & Co car brand launches mid-size SUV, heads to Saudi Arabia and Kuwait
Hong Kong jobless rate drops to new low of 4.5 per cent since start of coronavirus pandemic on improved economy
Covid-19: 5,828 new cases bring total to 2,426,050
Miti: European investors make strong commitment to invest RM14.1bil in Malaysia

Others Also Read


Vouchers