Meikarta Peduli Helps Siloam Build Six New Covid-19 Emergency Hospitals in Indonesia
BY :PRIMUS DORIMULU JAKARTA GLOBE WED, APRIL 8, 2020
Meikarta Peduli workers are on site 18 hours a day to complete six emergency hospitals for Siloam in 14 days across Indonesia. (Photo courtesy of Meikarta Peduli)
JAKARTA – Meikarta Peduli is building six emergency hospitals in Indonesia to increase the capacity of Siloam International Hospitals, one of the largest hospital operators in Indonesia, in anticipation of a surge of Covid-19 patients and amid a lack of healthcare facilities in the country.
Siloam has so far built 39 emergency hospitals to treat Covid-19 patients across the country. Six of the hospitals were built by Meikarta Peduli, four of which are now ready, two in Jakarta (Kebon Jeruk and Jalan T.B. Simatupang) and two in nearby Tangerang (Karawaci and Kelapa Dua).
“Two more, Siloam Surabaya and Medan, will be completed next Tuesday,” Anang Prayudi, a director at Siloam Hospitals, said on Wednesday.
“Constructions have been going strong. [The completed hospitals] were done in 14 days,” Anang said.
The 39 emergency hospitals added 935 beds to the total at all Siloam Hospitals. The six emergency hospitals built by Meikarta Peduli alone added 280 beds.
“They were all built the same way, using prefabricated materials and knockdown method,” Anang said.
Seeing the continued rise in the number of Covid-19 patients in Indonesia, Meikarta Peduli was moved to help build the emergency hospitals for Siloam.
Workers are on site 18 hours a day to complete each hospital in two weeks.
Volunteers from Pelita Harapan University join the Covid-19 makeshift hospital run by Siloam Hospitals in Mampang, South Jakarta. (B1 Photo)
According to Anang, everything went according to plan since Meikarta employs experienced teams to build the hospitals in quick time.
Each of the emergency hospitals has an emergency room and a screening center. They also have a special ward for monitoring suspected Covid-19 patients (PDP), another ward for confirmed Covid-19 patients and an Intensive Care Unit (ICU).
All the emergency hospitals that Meikarta builds ensure safety and comfort for doctors and nurses.
“Hopefully, the new hospitals will help with the problem of a lack of space to accommodate the expected surge in Covid-19 patients,” Anang said.
The emergency hospitals will tend only to Covid-19 patients and keep them separate from patients with other illnesses, who will be treated in other Siloam hospitals.
“Our emergency hospitals will also help ease the burden on government-run hospitals,” Anang said.
Each room in the Siloam emergency hospitals is negative-pressured to prevent air from escaping outside.
A row of beds inside the Covid-19 makeshift hospital at Lippo Plaza Mampang building in South Jakarta. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
The hospitals also have isolation rooms for patients in critical condition, a special room for medical personnel to put on and take off their personal protective equipment (PPE), lockers, showers and control rooms separate from the patient area.
Anang said Siloam Hospitals is convinced the Covid-19 pandemic can be overcome if Indonesia stays united, with everyone sticking to physical distancing.
“We also want to thank all the health workers who have sacrificed so much for Indonesia,” Anang said.
From: JAKARTA GLOBE, INDONESIA WED, APRIL 8, 2020