Friday, October 15, 2021

PPKM Extended Until the End of July

The government has decided that the Emergency Community Activity Restrictions (PPKM) will be extended. Originally planned to end on July 20, the policy will remain in effect until the end of the month.

Confirmation of the decision was conveyed by the Coordinating Minister for Human Development and Culture, Muhajir Effendy in Yogyakarta, Friday (16/7). When asked by reporters whether the Emergency PPKM was extended or not, Muhajir said the cabinet meeting had taken a decision.

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“Earlier, the limited cabinet meeting that I attended when I was in Sukoharjo, the President has decided, to continue until the end of July. Until the end of July, PPKM,” said Muhadjir Effendy.

Muhajir also added that President Jokowi also conveyed the risks related to the extension of the PPKM. For this reason, the president asked for a balance between efforts to improve citizen discipline in complying with health protocols and PPKM standards and the provision of social assistance.

Coordinating Minister for Human Development and Culture Muhajir Effendy inspects the integrated shelter at UGM Yogyakarta Hospital, Friday, July 16, 2021. (Photo: UGM Public Relations)

In addition, Muhajir also advised that the government could not bear the burden of providing such social assistance alone. He asked the whole community to help each other, including universities, to reduce the negative impact on the community due to the implementation of Emergency PPKM.

Muhajir is in Yogyakarta to review the centralized shelter under the new scheme. This shelter, even though it is outside the hospital, is still under monitoring and coordination. One shelter, coordinating with only one hospital in serving patients.

On this occasion, Muhajir asked not all positive COVID-19 patients to be taken to the hospital. With the exponential increase in cases like today, hospitals must be placed as the final choice. Muhajir welcomes this concept, and hopes that the burden on hospitals will be reduced.

“This shelter has a reciprocal function, so that going to the hospital can be prevented if he only walks lightly. Or those who have recovered, are nearing recovery, just waiting for further developments, can be taken to the shelter for observation until the treatment is really complete,” he said at the Gadjah Mada University campus, Yogyakarta.

RS . Monitored Shelter

UGM has just converted a number of their assets into shelters. Among them are Hotel University Club, Wisma KAGAMA, and Mardliyyah Islamic Center. The three buildings can accommodate a total of 471 patients. The management was handed over to Dr Sardjito Hospital and the UGM Academic Hospital (RSA).

Muhajir was grateful, because Yogyakarta became the first region to pioneer the provision of shelters with this new concept. He assessed that UGM has sufficient experience in handling disasters and does not doubt the university’s commitment.

“Those who are nearing recovery can only be observed, they can be withdrawn from the hospital and observed at the shelter, so that their beds can be filled by those who really need to be treated,” added Muhajir.

UGM Chancellor, Panut Mulyono.  (Photo: UGM Public Relations)

UGM Chancellor, Panut Mulyono. (Photo: UGM Public Relations)

UGM Chancellor, Panut Mulyono, ensured that the shelter, which is directly monitored by the hospital, is open to the public.

“We know that many hospitals can no longer accommodate patients. UGM continues to make efforts to jointly ease the burden of COVID-19 sufferers,” said Panut.

Still Far from the Target

At the request of the Ministry of Health, Yogyakarta is targeted to provide at least 2,000 additional beds for COVID-19 patients. The provision, among others, is done by converting or changing the status of beds from non-COVID to special for COVID in hospitals and providing additional beds outside the hospital.

On a different occasion, the Secretary of the Special Region of Yogyakarta, Kadarmanta Baskara Aji said that the so-called shelter, in principle, would function as a field hospital.

Coordinating Minister for Human Development and Culture Muhajir Effendy talks with health workers at the UGM shelter.  (Photo: UGM Public Relations)

Coordinating Minister for Human Development and Culture Muhajir Effendy talks with health workers at the UGM shelter. (Photo: UGM Public Relations)

“In principle, in DIY the amount bed very less, additional hospitals will be built. Later it will be the hospital. Each management is one with the hospital that is in charge. If all of that can be realized, we will get approximately 700 beds in DIY,” said Baskara Aji.

Baskara admits that the number is still far from expectations. Moreover, the positive number in this region is relatively high, in a few days it is above the number of 2 thousand cases per day. If the increasing trend continues, said Baskara, DIY will need at least 3 thousand beds.

Of course, the local government still has homework related to health workers who will serve in this new facility, including the equipment needed. Although he also admits, the standard equipment needed is not necessary like the one in the hospital. [ns/ab]

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