ACT Intensifies Counseling to Prevent Covid-19

Covid-19 has turned into a pandemic disease which has also affected Indonesia. ACT has intensively provided medical counseling as a form of mitigation. Until Thursday (12/3), at least 13,500 people have received counseling to prevent the spread of Covid-19.

Hand sanitizer distribution to the participants of COVID-19 prevention in one of the hotels in South Jakarta. (ACTNews / Eko Ramdani)

ACTNews, JAKARTA - Covid-19 or the corona virus has now become a pandemic. Indonesia, one of the most populous countries in the world, has also been affected. According to the latest information, the number of people infected with Coronavirus in Indonesia has reached 96 people, including public figures such as the Minister of Transportation Budi Karya Sumadi. For this reason, the public is advised to remain vigilant.

Various methods are used to prevent the spread of this virus from becoming more widespread, including closure of schools and offices. In addition, health counseling and education are paramount to make sure that the public will remain calm but alert, and not fall easily for false information.

Since the initial phase of the outbreak in January, Aksi Cepat Tanggap (ACT) has actively educated the public about the disease, targeting schools, campuses, hotels and offices. Dr. Muhammad Riedha Bambang from ACT medical team said, until Saturday (3/14), ACT medical team has visited 24 locations to provide medical counseling. "Schools, hotels and offices are targeted because the virus can easily spread in public places," he explained, Sunday (3/15).

ACT and Cilandak Community Health Center provided health counseling on how to frequently wash hands, Friday (6/3). This activity aims to prevent the spread of COVID-19. (ACTNews / Eko Ramdani)

Prasetya Mulya University campuses in Bumi Serpong Damai and Cilandak were among the places visited by ACT Medical team. For four days (March 2-6), a total of 10,400 students were medically ecamined by 17 medical volunteers. The medical counseling and examination was held in Prasetya Mulya campuses because the university administrators worried that students had contracted the virus after the semester break.

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In addition to universities, the team also visited hotels. On Friday (3/6), the team provided medical counseling at the Bellevue Suite Hotel, South Jakarta in collaboration with Cilandak Community Health Center. "We distributed hand sanitizers, and demonstrated the right way to wash hands," said Riedha, Friday. (6/3)

Until Thursday (3/12), at least 13,500 people had received counseling from ACT to prevent the spread of COVID-19. This number will continue to grow as more counseling will be done outside Jakarta. "Our medical team also provides Training of Trainers in ACT branches throughout Indonesia. Hopefully, this counseling can be extended to remote areas," Riedha added.

In every counseling, ACT medical team checks the body temperature, administers hand sanitizers, and teaches how to properly wash hands. Riedha said, the key to avoiding COVID-19 virus is to maintain a healthy lifestyle. "Personal hygiene must always be maintained, the use of hand sanitizers is better only when we are busy. Without properly washing our hands, using only hand sanitizers can actually accumulate germs. Itis better to wash your hands with soap and running water, "explained Riedha.

In addition to health counseling, ACT also distributed free masks at Soekarno Hatta Airport and distributed masks to Indonesian citizens in Hong Kong, Singapore, South Korea and China. []