Healthcare Workers in Bandung Receive Food Aid from Generous Indonesian Donors

ACT West Java supports the healthcare workers in Hasan Sadikin Hospital (RSHS) struggling to treat COVID-19 patients by distributing 200 meal packages on Tuesday (3/23).

Handover of the food aid from ACT West Java to Hasan Sadikin Hospital (ACTNews/Oby)

ACTNews, BANDUNG - ACT West Java and the Masyarakat Relawan Indonesia (MRI) Bandung distributed 200 meal packages to medical workers struggling to treat COVID-19 patients at Hasan Sadikin Hospital (RSHS), Bandung City. The meal packages were delivered on Tuesday (3/24) and were received by the RSHS Nutrition Department. They were immediately distributed to the health workers in the hospital.

The distribution of meal packages was part of the Free Meal Operation, where ACT, Rachel Vennya,, and all generous donors across Indonesia collaborate to help the healthcare workers struggling to treat COVID-19 patients.

"This aid was crowdfunded by the people of Indonesia. Alhamdulillah, today we could distribute 200 meal packages to medical workers who are struggling to treat COVID-19 patients. Hopefully, this assistance will be useful and can continue until the pandemic ends," said Adi Adi Nurdiansyah, Head of ACT West Java’s Program Department.

The free meal distribution at Hasan Sadikin Hospital (RSHS) Bandung was met with a positive response from the hospital. "We are grateful to all donors who have provided free lunch for us," said Mahmudah, Head of RSHS’ General Section.


The process of packaging fast food assistance. (ACTNews / Oby)

Adi added, in addition to the need for basic supplies like food, the healthcare workers have also been in dire need of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). The PPE supplies are running out while the number of COVID-19 has rapidly increased. "In addition, these medical heroes carry out such a noble action of fighting for the country, religion and humanity. The first need that must be prioritized is PPE, which is still lacking. Without proper PPE, it will be very dangerous for them as they become vulnerable to infection," Adi said.

In addition to medical workers, The Free Meal Operation also reached every online taxi driver around ACT West Java Office on Jl. Lodaya, Bandung City last Wednesday (3/25). The Free Meal Operation for the community aims to help those whose livelihoods have also been affected by the COVID-19.

"As a result of COVID-19 pandemic, the online motorcycle taxi drivers don’t receive many orders, and their income have been greatly reduced. There was also a Kupat Tahu seller whose income has also been decreased. It’s not that they are not afraid of COVID-19, but if they do not work outside, they can’t fulfill their family’s needs, "Adi explained.

In addition to Free Meal Operations, ACT West Java and Masyarakat Relawan Indonesia (MRI) have regularly disinfected several public facilities to create a clean and safe environment for worship or activities.

"Let's fight COVID-19 together, both by supporting the procurement of PPE for the medical workers or providing aid for other affected communities. Prove that we are a generous nation that follows the government's recommendations and always put aside a little fortune we have for others. You can quarantine yourself, but goodness must not end," concluded Adi. []