100 doctors in Indonesia have died because of coronavirus. Will more die?

100 doctors in Indonesia have died because of coronavirus. Will more die?

The Indonesian Medical Association (IDI) has revealed that at up to 100 doctors in the country have died from the coronavirus.

According to the IDI, the number of deaths among Indonesian doctors has been increasing since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic.

Despite this, the IDI is pleading with doctors and other health workers to remain committed to the fight against the coronavirus.

IMAGE: Daeng Mohammad Faqih. IMAGE: Detik Health

“Let’s pray that our fallen comrades get a glorious place with God Almighty, the families left behind are given patience, and their struggles inspire and become role models for all of us to remain committed to serving humanity,” wrote General Chairperson of the IDI Executive Board, Daeng Mohammad Faqih, on Twitter.

Daeng also expressed sorrow for other medical frontliners who have lost their lives in the fight against the coronavirus.

“My fellow doctors who have died in handling COVID-19 have reached 100. Likewise, other health workers who have died have also increased. We also need to pray for all our colleagues who are struggling to help care for our brothers and sisters with COVID-19,” Daeng continued.

Work is being done to prevent more doctor deaths throughout the onslaught of the coronavirus pandemic in Indonesia.

IMAGE: The Jakarta Post / Antara

Speaking to The Jakarta Post, Daeng confirmed that the IDI would be coordinating its efforts with the National COVID-19 task force to make sure there’s an adequate amount of personal protective equipment (PPE) for medical frontliners, including doctors and other health workers.

“Hospitals should issue a special policy that temporarily prohibits health personnel with comorbidities and those who are at higher risk [of contracting the coronavirus] from working,” said Daeng. He also added that frontliners should undergo more frequent polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests to make sure no one is at risk of infecting others or getting infected themselves.

The highest number of doctor deaths occurred in Java, contributing to 65 percent of the total fatalities.

IMAGE: Bangkok Post / AFP

“65 percent of the deaths have been on Java, 27 percent on Sumatra, 5 percent on Kalimantan, and 3 percent on Bali,” said the initiator of Indonesia’s COVID-19 data and information platform, Pandemic Talks, Muhammad Kamil.— Source: Danial Martinus / sea.mashable.com

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