YOGYAKARTA, NETRALNEWS.COM - Head of the Yogyakarta Health Office Pembayun Setyaning Astuti says that COVID-19 cases in her area had increased significantly in the last few weeks. In the past week, the increase in COVID-19 cases in Yogyakarta reached 646 cases. Yesterday, the daily case rose to 130 cases.
This statement was conveyed in an audience with the Task Force Team of the Ministry of Health in Central Java and Yogyakarta, recently.
Pembayun explained that the increase came from several clusters, including pesantren (Islamic boarding schools) clusters, family clusters, and office clusters. The area with the highest case contributor is Sleman Regency.
As a form of preparedness in the surge in patients, the Yogyakarta regional government has prepared 27 hospitals out of a total of 78 hospitals in Yogyakarta.
"All of them are on alert to handle COVID-19 patients. The determination of the 27 hospitals is based on an evaluation of the adequacy of human resources, facilities and infrastructure as well as equipment," she explained.
With the increasing number of COVID-19 patients, this also affects the increasing need for isolation rooms for COVID-19 patients. Based on data collected from the Yogyakarta Health Office, in the last week the percentage of Bed Occupancy Ratio (BOR) reached 80-90%. "The beds are high enough," continued Pembayun.
Meanwhile, for the handling of COVID-19 patients who have no symptoms or mild symptoms, 12 quarantine houses/shelters spread across 5 Regencies/Cities and belonging to the province have also been prepared. It is planned that this number will continue to be added.
"We have a shelter in every regency/city, with quite a lot of capacity," Pembayun explained.
In addition to providing health service facilities, Pembayun explained that various efforts had also been made to reduce the increase in new cases, reduce the mortality rate and improving the cure rate.
One of them is by intensifying the socialization and education of health protocols targeting families, especially families who have vulnerable groups such as the elderly, pregnant women, breastfeeding mothers, people with comorbids, and children.
Not only that, by cooperating with security forces, the Yogyakarta Regional Government plans to increase law enforcement operations in the context of disciplining the public on health protocols.
In this regard, Jajang assessed that mitigation measures are needed by encouraging public and private hospitals to prepare to increase the capacity of special COVID-19 beds. Furthermore, he also urged that in addition to strengthening the hospitals, it is also necessary to strengthen it in terms of pre-hospital by actively educating the public about health protocols.
"I ask for anticipatory steps from the regions, by compiling a contingency plan that there is a regional hospital designated as a Special Hospital for COVID-19. So later the referral path will be clear, the public will not be confused and it can be handled quickly, "said Jajang.
Through the addition of isolation rooms and ICU for the care of COVID-19 patients, additional health human resources are needed. In this regard, Jajang said that the Ministry of Health through the PPSDM Health Agency is trying to meet existing needs.
"Stay enthusiastic, and stay healthy. In principle, we are ready to help and strive for whatever Yogyakarta needs, "he said.