ACTNews, MALANG - The increasing number of COVID-19 confirmed cases in Indonesia requires healthcare workers to work harder in treating affected patients. Sadly, they are often overwhelmed, and their own health deteriorates. In this COVID-19 emergency, ACT Malang also supports the struggle of medical heroes at the forefront of fighting the outbreak. One of them is by providing nutritious food to maintain their stamina while they are on duty.
On Sunday (3/22), ACT Malang distributed boxes of bread to the healthcare workers at Saiful Anwar Hospital, Malang City. The hospital is a referral hospital for COVID-19 patients.
Diki Taufiq Sidik as the Head of ACT Malang Branch explained that supporting healthcare workers is extremely important nowadays either by showing moral support, providing PPE, or food packages. "This assistance is also a mandate from Indonesian benefactors. Although this pandemic is sweeping our country, it does not dampen public awareness and generosity. These difficult conditions have instead strengthened all elements of the society, including by supporting medical workers," added Diki.
In the future, ACT Malang seeks to provide equipment for the medical workers and volunteers who are working extremely hard, such as by providing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and antiseptic liquid. "This is because until now the demand for PPE and hand sanitizer of various hospitals is very high. ACT Malang has been contacted by several hospitals asking for the provision of PPE," added Diki.
In addition to providing food for healthcare workers, ACT Malang is also working in the mitigation of the COVID-19 outbreak, including by providing health education and spraying disinfectants in a number of public facilities.
COVID-19 has been spreading rapidly. Until Wednesday (3/25), the total number of patients who tested positive for COVID-19 has reached 790. 58 of them died. Malang is one of COVID-19 red zones. Some of its residents have tested positive for COVID-19.