By: Kenia Ayu)*
The recovery of Covid-19 patients in Indonesia continues to increase. This positive trend shows that the Covid-19 handling policy is effective, so that the community is expected to always obey the Prokes and follow PPKM.
Prof. Wiku Adisasmito as Spokesperson for the Covid-19 Handling Task Force said the percentage of healing in Indonesia as of August 29, 2021 was at 91.42% higher than the world which was at 89.36%.
In his press conference, Wiku said that Indonesia’s recovery rate had reached its highest percentage of 92.08% on June 3 and then during the spike in cases in July, the recovery rate had dropped to 78.6%.
Unfortunately, the percentage of deaths in Indonesia is still consistently above the percentage of deaths in the world. As of August 29, 2021, the percentage of deaths in Indonesia is at 3.2% while the world is at 2.08%. Although nationally, active cases and cures in Indonesia have progressed quite well. The 19 provinces that showed the highest number of active cases were West Java, Central Java, North Sumatra, DIY, East Java, DKI Jakarta, Papua, East Kalimantan and Bali.
These ten provinces have contributed 65% or more than half of the total active cases in Indonesia. Meanwhile, the 10 provinces with the highest weekly cure rates as of August 29, 2021 are West Java, East Java DIY, North Sumatra, East Kalimantan, Central Java, Bali, South Sulawesi, Riau and South Kalimantan. The ten provinces contributed 68% of the total national cure.
On a different occasion, Minister of Communication and Information (Menkominfo) Johny G Plate said that there was an increase in the recovery of COVID-19 patients in the past week. He said, in the period from 20 to 27 August 2021, the average number of recovered patients was more than 25,000 people per day.
Johnny said the government was continuing to try to control the pandemic in Indonesia. The handling of areas outside Java-Bali certainly has a greater level of difficulty. Given, the area and completeness of infrastructure are different from Java-Bali.
Previously, the Secretary General of the Ministry of Communication and Information, Rosarita Niken Widiastuti, said this was evidenced by various surveys that showed positive things about Indonesia. Niken said the results of a survey conducted by CEO Magazine analyzed 80 countries in the world. Shows Indonesia’s ranking which is in the fourth best position after Singapore, Britain and Poland in handling Covid-19. This shows that Indonesia is a good country for investment purposes.
Meanwhile, MarkPlus Founder & Chairman, Hermawan Kartajaya, felt that the government had handled the COVID-19 pandemic in a measurable way. In addition to government work, this effort to handle COVID-19 of course requires active community involvement in accordance with their respective capacities.
On a different occasion, Minister of Health Budi Gunadi Sadikin said that Covid-19 patients had a high chance of recovering as long as they received prompt treatment. Budi also asked the public not to delay or avoid tracing and testing efforts if they have close contact, especially if they experience symptoms of exposure.
He also regretted that until now there are still many people who are afraid to take part in testing and tracing. As a result, it was too late to get treatment and finally it was not helped because the disease when it was detected was already severe. Budi also said that until August 2021, the trend of the development of Covid-19 cases in DIY was relatively declining. However, Budi continued. The presence of the virus may still live in the environment for a long time.
Previously, Budi also asked the public that anyone who has symptoms of Covid-19 or has been exposed to a Covid-19 patient to immediately report to a hospital, puskesmas or health facility to be tested quickly.
He also advised the public to be able to measure oxygen saturation independently by using an oximeter. If the number is less than 94%, then immediately check with a hospital or isolation center.
The Ministry of Health is also conducting a study to focus on treating critically ill patients with severe symptoms in hospitals and reducing the death rate. It also encourages primary services either in puskesmas or clinics to treat people who only need isolation or treatment at a basic stage.
The increase in the recovery rate of Covid-19 patients certainly deserves appreciation, this proves that the government has been working hard in dealing with the pandemic that has been going on for more than a year.
)* The author is a contributor to the Press Circle and Cikini Students