Indonesian doctor wearing a raincoat instead of protective clothing

Indonesian doctor wearing a raincoat instead of protective clothing 4

Indonesian doctor wearing a raincoat instead of protective clothing

Twenty doctors have died since the pandemic broke out in Indonesia and critics warn that the death toll of 459 deaths is far too low in a country with one of the lowest coronavirus testing rates in the world

Hospitals do not have enough basic protective equipment and sophisticated ventilators are a luxury, leaving many doctors fighting nCoV using only paper raincoats.

Muhammad Farras Hadyan, a doctor in Jakarta, said medical supplies are running out at his hospital to the point that some colleagues have had to ask their families for money to buy some specialized protective clothing.

`The rest rely on hospital supplies and they have to wait,` he said.

Doctor Muhammad Farras Hadyan wore a raincoat and held a paper with the words `I go to work for you, you stay home for us` at a hospital in Jakarta, Indonesia on March 19.

Handoko Gunawan, a 79-year-old lung specialist, was on the front lines until he was forced to self-isolate because he suspected he had nCoV.

`I was extremely shaken and so was the nurse,` Gunawan, who tested negative, said of treating the patients.

Indonesia has fewer than four doctors per 10,000 people, according to World Health Organization (WHO) data, far lower than the 40 in Italy and 24 in South Korea.

According to the latest official figures, Indonesia confirmed about 5,136 cases of nCoV infection, but only 36,000 people have been tested in the island nation of more than 260 million people, the world’s fourth most populous country.

`The government’s official figures do not reflect the true picture of the number of infections in the country,` said Halik Malik, spokesman for the Indonesian Doctors Association.

Data from the government of the capital Jakarta, the epicenter of the epidemic in Indonesia, shows that more than 1,000 people infected or suspected of being infected with nCoV have been buried in local cemeteries according to Covid-19-related handling procedures, about 5 times higher.

The number of burials in Ban Dung city, West Java province, bordering Jakarta, has doubled to about 400 in a month since the Covid-19 outbreak, governor Ridwan Kamil said.

`It’s the same phenomenon as in Jakarta,` Kamil said.

The rising number of infections has left doctors like Raditya Nugraha and colleagues at a hospital in West Java struggling to cope and sharing equipment with each other.

`We didn’t have enough goggles so we took turns wearing them,` he said.

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