Jakarta, 26/9/2020 (ANTARA) - People usually go to the hospital to be rid of disease, but a visit to the hospital is not entirely free of risk as they too can contribute to the spread of infections, especially nowadays.
This has been evidenced by hospitals emerging as the largest COVID-19 clusters amid the ongoing pandemic.
Therefore, children and pregnant women have been strongly advised against visiting hospitals if they are not sick. Many hospitals have even barred entry to children.
Not just visitors, but healthcare workers, including doctors and nurses, and cleaners risk exposure to disease while working at hospitals, particularly in the current pandemic.
Manokwari, West Papua, about 38 healthcare workers have contracted
COVID-19 as of September 22, 2020, prompting the closure of several
public health facilities to break the chain of virus transmission.
Of the 38 healthcare workers, 26 worked at hospitals and 12 at community health centers (Puskesmas), Henri Sembiring, head of the Manokwari Task Force for COVID-19 Response, stated recently.
The Manokwari authorities have closed three Puskesmas -- Pasir Putih, Sanggeng, and Maripi -- as well as the surgery room at the Manokwari Regional Hospital after healthcare workers contracted COVID-19.
Similar reports have come in from several regions across Indonesia. Since the country announced its first two COVID-19 cases on March 2, 2020, at least 117 doctors and 70 nurses have succumbed to the deadly virus.
According to data provided by the Task Force for COVID-19 Response on September 26, 2020, Indonesia has recorded 4,494 fresh cases in the last 24 hours, bringing the total caseload to 271,339. With 90 more people succumbing to the disease, the death toll has reached 10,308.
positive development, as many as 3,207 COVID-19 patients have recovered
in the last 24 hours, bringing the total number of recoveries to
Jakarta has recorded the highest number of new cases at 1,322 and the highest number of recoveries at 764, followed by West Java, which has reported 386 fresh cases and 622 recoveries, while East Java has seen 279 fresh cases and 338 patients recovering in the last 24 hours.
Earlier, the Task Force had noted that hospitals had emerged as the largest contributors of confirmed coronavirus cases.
the period from June 4 to September 12, 2020, clusters arose mostly
from hospitals, communities, and offices, with the maximum number of
COVID-19 cases (contributed by them). There are 24 thousand patients
infected at hospitals in Jakarta," Wiku Adisasmito, spokesperson for the
task force, said on September 22 2020.
Dr. Dewi Nur Aisyah, head of the task force's data and information technology section, has also confirmed that in Jakarta, 63.46 percent of the total cases have originated from patients visiting hospitals.
The second largest cluster in Jakarta has been the cluster of patients in the community, who have accounted for 15,133 cases, or 39.36 percent of the total COVID-19 cases in the capital city.
So, if one person tests positive, it should be traced who he has made contact with so far. The family cluster is included in this category," she said.
Meanwhile, the third cluster that has contributed the highest number of COVID-19 cases in Jakarta is the office cluster.