No Day Off in Fighting Against Pandemic

In Eid Al-Fitr season, amid global pandemic, the medical workers are still working hard without taking a day off. Even on holidays, they must still treat infected patients.

A health worker at Fatmawati General Hospital giving Eid greeting to her colleagues. (ACTNews / Akbar)

ACTNews, JAKARTA – It was quiet on the front yard of Fatmawati Central Hospital. There were only a few janitors and parking attendants that day, Sunday (5/24). However, inside the hospital, the atmosphere was very different.

Some people were going back and forth carrying 500 meal packages from the Aksi Cepat Tanggap (ACT)’s Humanity Food Truck. Dr. Mochammad Syafak Hanung, Sp.A, M.P.H, as the Managing Director of Fatmawati General Hospital explained that some of the medical workers were still working on the day of Eid to treat COVID-19 patients.

"On the day when others are celebrating with their families at home, during this hard times, our colleagues continue to treat COVID-19 patients. We are not taking a day off. We are working based on our schedule. Whether we like it or not, the global pandemic is not yet over so we are still working to fight COVID-19," explained dr. Syafak.

Dr. Syafak admitted that treating COVID-19 patients requires more energy than treating other patients due to the rapid transmission of the virus. Health workers must take extreme precautions to avoid contracting the virus.


Managing Director of Fatmawati Hospital and other medical workers who were working during Eid holiday. (ACTNews / Reza Mardhani)

"Health workers must wear complete Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to treat COVID-19 patients. The price of PPE is quite costly, and there are special ways to wear and remove it. Even if we wear it correctly, follow the procedures when treating the patients, but we remove it incorrectly, it will still be harmful. Hence, it's really an extraordinary effort, "said Dr. Syafak

Dr. Syafak hopes that there will be no more patients in the future so that the doctors’ struggle will not be useless.

"We really hope that the number of patients will decrease. Our colleagues have been working hard. Some have been collecting donations, etc. If the number of patients We hope that because other friends have struggled, some are looking for donations and so forth, but if this continues, and the number of patients does not decrease, it will never end. In my opinion, the spread of the virus can be curbed by obeying government regulations," added Dr. Syafak

The medical workers do not ask much. They only request that people obey the government’s regulations, For Dr. Syafak, it’s better for the community to stay home. Even if we need to get out due to urgent needs, he added, we must follow the health protocol.

"There are already quite a lot of patients admitted to Fatmawati General Hospital, and a number of them have passed away. It can be prevented by wearing face masks and by staying home unless there is an urgent need. In my opinion, it is a very appropriate suggestion," he said.

ACT continues to support the health workers by delivering the aid that has been mandated by benefactors. Muhammad Albar from the ACT South Jakarta Program Team explained that ACT has been distributing aid for Fatmawati General Hospital since the beginning of the outbreak. ACT has provided not only meal packages.

"We have distributed various kinds of aid for Fatmawati Hospital. it is almost uncountable. In the month of Ramadan, we have held up to 10 programs. We distributed not only meal packages but also other kinds of aid. Today, we distribute meal packages,” Albar said.

Dr. Syafak appreciated the distribution of 500 meal packages from the Humanity Food Truck. "On behalf of Fatmawati General Hospital, on this blessed day, we are expressing our gratefulness for ACT who has always been helping Fatmawati General Hospital. I don't think this is the first time because ACT has been helping since the beginning, such as by providing rice, etc. It's really helpful. ACT has been like our comrade in fighting COVID-19,” said Doctor Syafak. []