Jakarta. Since the pandemic hits Indonesia in March, hospitals everywhere are in dire need of medical personnel as more doctors and nurses are dying due to Covid-19.
A digital networking platform for doctors Docquity fills in the duty to recruit and train volunteer medical personnel to treat Covid-19. It offers online training through webinars, online lectures, and seminars by medical experts.
On March 19, The Health Ministry agreed to cooperate with Docquity, positioned the company to become a member of the Indonesian Telemedical Alliance (Atensi).
Since then, as of June 11, the app has helped Covid-19 hospitals around Indonesia by recruiting 667 general practitioners and 200 specialists from various provinces. Some of them are also assigned in Kemayoran Makeshift Covid-19 Hospital in Jakarta.
Amit Vithal, cofounder of Docquity said that the cooperation is impactful to ensure the volunteers' capability to save the Covid-19 patients accordingly to the World Health Organization standards.
"We hold the training for volunteer doctors 3-4 times daily with various topics. So that volunteer doctors will gain new knowledge every single day, along with the development of Covid-19 cases found." Amit said.
Syafri Kamsul Arif, chairman of the Association of Indonesian Anesthesia and Intensive Therapy Doctors (PP Perdatin), is one of the speakers of the online training session.
"One of the training materials that we provide is the treatments for patients focusing on the treatment to prevent worsening of diseases, especially patients in crisis," Syafri said in the release.
"This is very important because most doctors will see patients in the next stages of COVID-19, not those who had new symptoms or patients under surveillance," he said.
Since its establishment in Indonesia in 2016, Docquity has recruited more than 80,000 general practitioners and specialists in the country. The company is collaborating with the Indonesian Doctors Association and Indonesian Dentists Association to train doctors through its digital platform.
"By the digital strategy from Docquity platform, we hope to take the role of accelerating health service fighting Covid-19 plague in Indonesia," Amit said.