ACTNews, SURABAYA - In the midst of the widespread COVID-19 outbreak, the demand for sanitation need and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is increasing. Many medical workers lack proper PPE for handling COVID-19 patients in several referral hospitals.
In Airlangga University Hospital (RSUA) Surabaya, the PPE supplies began to thin out as the number of patients under observation and patients who tested positive for COVID-19 increase. This situation adds to the struggle of the healthcare workers in the RSUA who have been struggling at the forefront against COVID-19.
Mahardian as RSUA Surabaya’s Supplies Department explained that the increasing number of patients leads to the drastically increasing demand for food and medical equipment. "We can use up to 135 pieces of N-95 masks a day. In the present condition, of course we need an additional supply of personal protective equipment because it is getting scarce," added Mahardian.
During the COVID-19 emergency, ACT East Java also supports the struggle of the medical heroes. Friday, (3/20), N-95 masks and food packages were given to medical workers who continue to fight against COVID-19.
"Today (Friday), ACT distributed food aid and N-95 masks to support the healthcare workers in RSUA," said ACT East Java Branch Manager Wahyu Sulistianto Putro.
Mahardian also expressed his gratitude to ACT and the donors who have cared for the health workers in dealing with COVID-19 patients. He was very grateful for the great concern of the Indonesian people for the medical staff.
Until Monday (3/23) there had been 41 COVID-19 confirmed cases. One of the patients died. Previously, the two regions in East Java, Malang and Surabaya, were categorized as the red zone.
During the COVID-19 emergency, ACT East Java focuses on providing assistance to healthcare workers who are treating COVID-19 patients. ACT East Java has also sprayed disinfectants to several houses of worship, schools, and other public facilities.
"ACT also invites the entire community to break the chain of transmission of COVID-19 by maintaining cleanliness and remaining at home while the medical heroes keep working. The aid for the alleviation of COVID-19 can also be channeled through ACT East Java’s Indonesia Dermawan website," Wahyu concluded.