COVID-19: Bandung’s Hasan Sadikin Hospital to add more isolation rooms

first_imgHasan Sadikin Hospital in Bandung, West Java, has planned to add more isolation rooms to accommodate a surge of COVID-19 patients.The hospital’s director of the Medical, Nursing and Support Department, Nucki Nursjamsi, said the additional rooms could take in up to 200 patients.”It’s part of our second scenario to open inpatient care for up to 200 COVID-19 patients in the hospital,” Nucki told The Jakarta Post via video message on Wednesday.However, Nucki said the isolation rooms were not ready yet as the hospital was still waiting for ventilator machines.Previously, Hasan Sadikin Hospital president director Nina Susana Dewi said she would turn the hospital’s tuberculosis isolation rooms into COVID-19 isolation rooms.”We already have five special isolation rooms. [If we] add the 24 tuberculosis isolation rooms we would have 29 rooms in total [for COVID-19 patients],” Nina said.Nina said the hospital would cooperate with other hospitals and the local health agency to transfer the tuberculosis patients so that they could be treated in other hospitals.If all beds in the 29 isolation rooms were occupied, Nina said, the hospital would use other rooms in the same building to accommodate more COVID-19 patients. The hospital would then have a total of 252 beds.The hospital’s director of operational and general affairs, Muhammad Kamaruzzaman, said the protective gear for the medical personnel taking care of COVID-19 patients would last the next 10 days.”As long as we don’t have a sudden surge in COVID-19 patients, the protective gear could last the next 10 days,” he told the Post on Tuesday.Kamaruzzaman said the hospital was currently treating 24 COVID-19 patients and suspected patients, an increase of 11 people from the previous day.”Of the 24 patients, 11 tested positive for COVID-19, increasing by five from yesterday,” he said.The confirmed COVID-19 patients, he said, comprised six men and five women aged 24 to 61 years old.Indonesia has 790 COVID-19 cases and 58 deaths. West Java is the province with the second-most cases after Jakarta with 73 confirmed cases and 10 deaths. (nal)Topics :last_img read more

Messing Up on Anthony Joshua

first_imgAnthony Joshua By Tayo BalogunI have always held the view that most people around our President Muhammadu Buhari are self seekers. Out mainly to fester their nests while they perpetually ingratiate his ego . They tell him he is the best our country ever had. That our nation under him never had it better. That he has successfully wiped out corruption and has won the war on terror. That the only people hungry are the lazy ones. They create imaginary foes for him to make him see them as loyal apostles of his Change mantra. They lie to him on almost every issue and create a world distanced from reality for him.Two years ago his Agriculture Minister told him most of the rice factories in Thailand are foreclosed because of the rice we produce in our country! I got to pity our President when the Vice President Yemi Osinbajo during the Presidential Debate on national television said that his principal does not know about most things happening in the country. ‘ He doesn’t know. He is not aware’ was how he put it. I feel a pity for our President because he does appear to be shortchanged by those around him who keep preying on his perceived weaknesses of ever wanting to be adulated and a tendency to criminally delegate authority to those who are not necessarily competent.While I was rooting for Buhari in 2015, I knew he could only function properly as a Board Chairman who would assemble the best there are to help him rule. More like a Ronald Reagan. But instead, he chose mostly incompetent cronies . That is why we now have abundant evidence of a government on AWOL! The culminating result is that now everything is at sixes and sevens. We are properly speaking in a state of anomie.The latest illustration of this is the preventable travel ban placed on our country by a nation that has been most helpful to us in all aspects of our development as a country. People around our President are not going to do their jobs but will seek to do others’ badly.Let me illustrate with the wrongly handled Anthony Joshua presentation to the President in London recently. Most readers of this column would know that Joshua fought and reclaimed the WBO,WBA, IBF and IBO world heavyweight titles from Andy Ruiz late last year after the Mexican American had unexpectedly earlier defeated him. Despite fighting as a British boxer, Anthony Oluwafemi Olaseni Joshua has never shied away from identifying with our country. In a recent television commercial, he proudly claimed he has been able to draw strenght from his Nigerianness which has made it possible for him to benefit from our never say die spirit of turning adverse situations around to get victories. He has not exactly become a folk hero but he surely has a huge drawing power in our country.When he won the rematch against Ruiz, it was akin to Nigeria winning a major sporting event. Most people wanted our country to honor him and use his victory to motivate our youths. To make them believe they can possitively turn their adversity around. The expectation was that a reception would be organized for him . He would come to the country, visit a few places, get to address youths and generally have his day in our sun. Ànd in the process, give hope to millions who have little expectations for a better tomorrow.Anthony Joshua’s anticipated official visit would have helped this administration to no end. Everyone would have benefitted – the street urchins, young Nigerians who look forward unendingly to having something to celebrate, our government looking for anything to calm and placate a restive populace. But some officials perhaps wanting to find something for the President to do, since they can not justify why Buhari would spend eight days in the UK to attend a two day so-called summit, felt squeezing the ‘Joshua Dobale’ visit to the President would be a bright idea. In the process they shortchanged our country and denied Buhari another opportunity to move this country forward.Sports can do a lot for this country and our President must open his eyes to the numerous advantages inherent in it.May the LORD bless our country.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more