Healthcare Workers in South Sumatera Complain About Lack of PPE

The medical workers in South Sumatera must conserve the use of masks as they are getting scarce. Masks in many hospitals have thinned out.

Healthcare workers in Palembang received masks from ACT South Sumatera (ACTNews/Uke Restu)

ACTNews, PALEMBANG - During the current COVID-19 emergency, many hospitals are complaining about the lack of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). Healthcare workers who still have some PPE supplies have to limit the usage so that they will have enough PPE for future use in case the pandemic won’t be over soon.

Riski, a duty manager at one of the hospitals in Palembang, revealed this condition. He must conserve the use of masks as they are getting scarce. Masks in many hospitals have thinned out. "Even if they are available to buy, the amount is very limited and the price has skyrocketed, "he said when ACT South Sumatra visited the hospital where he worked, Saturday (3/21).

ACT South Sumatra came to distribute masks, mineral water and meal packages for the healthcare workers. This assistance is a mandate from Indonesian benefactors who support medical fighters who are at the frontline in handling Covid-19.

Diwadia, ACT South Sumatra Head of Marketing Department said that humanitarian actions will continue to be carried out throughout COVID-19 emergency in Indonesia, including in South Sumatera. "Before the COVID-19 outbreak in Indonesia, ACT actually had initiated mitigation efforts, such as providing medical counseling and medical services. For emergencies like now we are increasingly getting more united to face this pandemic, including by providing support to medical workers who are at the forefront in handling the COVID-19," explained Diwa.

In addition to helping medical personnel, ACT South Sumatera also regularly sprays disinfectants in houses of worship, campuses, and other public facilities in the city of Palembang.

"We invite philanthropists to fight against Coronavirus by helping medical workers who are at the forefront in handling coronavirus outbreak. The best donations can be channeled through BNI Syariah account (66 0000 5505) in the name of Aksi Cepat Tanggap, "concluded Diwa. []