Caroline Riady, Siloam's vice president director, center right, and Grace Frelita, Siloam director, right, deliver a donation of Covid-19 test kits to Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan, center left, and Widyastuti, the head of Jakarta's health department, at City Hall on Tuesday. (B1 Photo/Yustinus Paat)

Siloam Helps Jakarta Boost PCR Testing

BY :YUSTINUS PAAT

APRIL 28, 2020

Jakarta. Siloam International Hospitals, one of Indonesia's largest hospital operators, donated 4,400 swab test kits, virus transport media, primers and reagents for the polymerase chain reaction, or PCR, test to detect Covid-19 to 32 public hospitals in Jakarta on Tuesday. 

Caroline Riady, Siloam's vice president director, and Grace Frelita, a director at Siloam, delivered the package to Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan and Widyastuti, the head of Jakarta's health department, at City Hall. 

"Thank you very much to our friends from Siloam Hospitals for this support," Anies said. 

"In this fight against Covid-19, we must work together. The government has done everything a government can do, but there are so many things for which we need public support," Anies said.

Caroline said the donation shows Siloam's support for the fight against Covid-19 in Jakarta, the pandemic's epicenter in Indonesia. 

"The key to the fight against Covid-19 is rapid, extensive and effective testing. That way we can make a timely decision to isolate and treat patients, and quickly perform contact tracing to reduce or cut the transmission," Caroline said.

Jakarta has carried out close to 74,800 tests for Covid-19 so far. The capital has reported a total of 3,950 cases by Monday, with 379 deaths and 341 recoveries. 

Caroline said she hoped extensive testing would also help ensure better protection for doctors, nurses and other medical workers in hospitals in Jakarta.

"Siloam continues to strive to be ready to support the government's joint effort to fight Covid-19," she said.

Widyastuti said the Jakarta provincial government is looking forward to more cooperation with Siloam Hospitals during the pandemic.

"We hope this donation can help us control the spread of coronavirus by testing more people, especially pregnant women. We can quickly treat the patients once we know they have been infected [with the coronavirus]. That's how we can break the chain of transmissions," Widyastuti said. 

Siloam Hospitals has dedicated around 1,000 beds in its hospitals across Indonesia to treat Covid-19 patients. In Jakarta, the company dedicates entire hospitals in Kelapa Dua, with a capacity of 150 beds, and in Mampang, with a capacity of 180 beds, for treating patients with the coronavirus. 

 

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