We expect that a third wave will not occur in Indonesia. However, due to the new variant and the increasing mobility of people, we have to be careful
Jakarta (ANTARA) – The Indonesian government continues to expand the scope of COVID-19 vaccinations and the readiness of health facilities to avoid any potential spike in cases amid the emergence of the new variant and the increase of public mobility.
Coordinating Minister for Economic Affairs Airlangga Hartarto made the remarks in a written statement released here on Friday.
“We expect that a third wave will not occur in Indonesia. However, due to the new variant and the increasing mobility of people, we have to be careful,” he said.
Preparedness of health facilities, such as the availability of medical oxygen at COVID-19 referral hospitals across Indonesia, is crucial, he stressed.
This preparation is required as a precautionary measure to treat patients with moderate and severe symptoms in an emergency, he explained.
The trend of hospitals with less than 12 hours of oxygen stocks has increasingly declined from the peak of cases during the period July-August 2021, the minister noted.
“The government continues to ensure the availability of medical oxygen and drugs that involve all parties, both at home and abroad,” Hartarto said.
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“The existence of this oxygen generator and compressor assistance will certainly help the government to strengthen health services and manage the COVID-19 pandemic,” he said at an event organized for distribute oxygen generators and compressors in the eastern Jakarta suburb of Bekasi.
He congratulated the Indonesian Embassy (KBRI) in Singapore and the Indonesian Diaspora in Singapore for their real contribution to the COVID-19 management efforts in Indonesia through the fundraising they organized.
“We are channeling this fundraising to become oxygen generators and compressors which we distribute to 12 hospitals in eight provinces of Indonesia, including Bekasi Hospital,” the minister said.
Speaking on vaccinations, Hartarto said that of the total 208.3 million recipients targeted by the vaccination program, the first dose was given at about 71.12 percent and the second dose at 50.06 percent. cent as of December 15, 2021.
Meanwhile, the third dose of vaccination for health workers reached 85.91 percent, he added.
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