Lenteng Agung Residents Work Relentlessly to Prevent COVID-19

Until early April 2020, there have been no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Lenteng Agung Urban Village. Nevertheless, the local residents have been tirelessly working to prevent the spread of the Coronavirus outbreak in their neighborhood.

Jakarta's Public Facility Maintenance Agency workers, or the "orange troops", in Lenteng Agung who helped distribute rice during the Free Rice Operation. (ACTNews/Manggala)

ACTNews, JAKARTA - As of April 3, 2020, according to a report from the official website of the Jakarta COVID-19 response stated that South Jakarta has the highest number of COVID-19 cases with 594 cases out of 1,874 cases in Jakarta. Lenteng Agung Urban Village, Jagakarsa Subdistrict, is one of the urban villages in South Jakarta with no confirmed cases so far.

"Alhamdulillah, in the Lenteng Agung has not been any confirmed cases of COVID-19 so far. Hopefully, this (COVID-19 outbreak) will all end soon so that we can normally woek again, and our tasks can go well," said Deni Siangar, Secretary of Lenteng Agung Urban Village on Thursday (4/2).

Efforts have been made to prevent the spread of Covid-19 in Lenteng Agung, including spraying disinfectants in public facilities to make sure that they are free from viruses.

"We have also done many things, including spraying 22 mosques and several masalas (small mosques) in Lenteng Agung Urban Village. We also focus on disinfecting roads, especially those bordering other areas such as Tanjung Barat and others," said Deni.

Free Rice Operation that reached Lenteng Agung residents. (ACTNews / Manggala)

Through the heads of the Neighborhood Associations (RTs) and Community Associations (RWs), the local government officials in Lenteng Agung have also tirelessly reminded the local residents to keep clean and maintain physical distance.

"We urge the heads of RT and RW also to tell their citizens to always maintain cleanliness. They must also be urged to always maintain a physical distance and wash their hands frequently. These efforts are to prevent COVID-19 in the Lenteng Agung area," said Deni.

As reported by Gatra, the residents in one RT even reportedly collected money to buy disinfectants. The initiative was then coordinated by the head of the RT and assisted by the local Youth Organization.

"It was an initiative of RT 009 citizens, coordinated by the Head of RT 009. They voluntarily collected money to buy chemicals to make disinfectant liquid which was then sprayed in each house," said Andi, Head of RT 009, Lenteng Agung Urban Village. He added that even when spraying disinfectants, they still maintain physical distancing, “What’s most important is the policies in our own homes and neighborhoods as the preventive efforts against the coronavirus in our environment," he said.

As people are maintaining physical distance, they can’t do much activities outside. Consequently, many daily workers such as street hawkers and motorcycle taxi drivers who have to work outside have been severely financially affected.

Partnering with Indonesian Armed Forces (TNI) Ranmil Jagakarsa, Aksi Cepat Tanggap assisted the residents of Lenteng Agung Urban Village by distributing 600 rice packages through the Free Rice Operation. Cecep, one of the locals, thanked ACT for the assistance because, according to the man who works as a motorcycle taxi driver, his income has decreased considerably compared to his usual days.

"Sometimes I work for only half a day. What else can I do? I am just trying to be content with this situation. Insha Allah, it will not last until the end of Eid. I put my trust in The Almighty, hopefully, it will end in 5 months at the longest. Hopefully, the government can mitigate COVID-19. Alhamdulillah, I am also grateful for the assistance from ACT," said Cecep.

Another beneficiary, Deni, also appreciated the assistance. "We really appreciate what has been given to us, and of course we are grateful to ACT and the TNI headquarters who have provided assistance to 600 underprivileged families in Lenteng Agung Urban Village," said Deni. In addition to Lenteng Agung, the rice distribution in the Jagakarsa also included Cimpeda, Ciganjur, and Srengseng Sawah Urban Villages. []