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Best Avoidance of Health Protocols

Best Avoidance of Health Protocols ( The Indonesian Medical Association (IDI) has called for comprehensive cooperati...

Best Avoidance of Health Protocols (

The Indonesian Medical Association (IDI) has called for comprehensive cooperation between the government and the public in enforcing health protocols so that medical staff and health workers can continue their work without putting their lives in line.

"Not just the media, but we, too, want this pandemic to happen quickly. This situation will never resolve if there is no full support from the group as a front guard, "said IDI Mitigation Team Deputy Leader Ari Kusuma in a statement on Thursday.

He found that 136 doctors in the country had died of COVID-19 after four doctors had succumbed to the respiratory disease this week.

"There are nine doctors who died of the disease in the first two weeks of October," he said. "The deceased doctors include 71 general practitioners, 63 specialists and two resident physicians from 18 provinces and 66 cities and municipalities.

East Java reported the highest COVID-19 death toll among doctors at 32, followed by North Sumatra at 23, Jakarta at 19, West Java at 12, and Central Java at 9.

The remaining doctors died in South Sulawesi, Bali, South Sumatra, South Kalimantan, Aceh, Riau, East Kalimantan, Riau, Yogyakarta, West Nusa Tenggara, North Sulawesi, Banten and West Papua.

Ari added that the death rate of Indonesian medical staff has become more worrying.

"Hundreds of medical workers around the country have died of COVID-19. it is a very critical state of public health," he said. "Every health worker has the right to feel protected while working. Government and the public must continue to collaborate to implement health protocols," Ari added.

Separately on Wednesday, an expert member of the national COVID-19 task force, Dewi Nur Aisyah, told that the discipline of masking, hand-washing and physical distancing was the only way in which the public could contribute to breaking the COVID-19 transmission chain.

Meanwhile, the government's job is to optimize research, tracing and care by ensuring the capacity of hospitals and human resources.

Head of the Health Guidelines and Protocol Team of the IDI Reduction Team, Eka Ginanjar, said that many people still seemed half-hearted in keeping with health protocols, for example by placing a mask under their chin, collecting without wearing a mask, seldom washing their hands, neglecting to change their clothes after out-of-home activities and more.

"Right now, people who are infected with COVID-19 but have no or just mild symptoms [and] have never been screened for COVID-19 conduct behaviours outside the house, following the health protocol and passing the virus on to other susceptible people," Eka said.

Eka added that the virus has spread rapidly across the world, including Indonesia, and has taken many lives quickly.

"Please remember that while most people have asymptomatic symptoms or mild symptoms, the virus can not fly on its own, but humans bring it everywhere. And before an appropriate and safe vaccine is discovered, there is no better protection than compliance with the health protocol – for your safety and those around you, the people you care about, your family, colleagues and society. (thejakartapost)

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