A pediatrician greets a child patient at Tambak Children's Hospital in Menteng, Central Jakarta, on Tuesday. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)

Getting Immunized During Pandemic


JUNE 23, 2020

Tambak Children's Hospital in Menteng, Central Jakarta, continues to provide immunization services during the coronavirus pandemic, even when the country saw its worst week of the outbreak last week.  

A recent study by the Health Ministry and the United Nations Children's Fund found that 84 percent of immunization services in Indonesia have been disrupted by the pandemic.

At the hospital, children with a cold, persistent cough, shortness of breath or high fever will be ushered into a special waiting room and if necessary treated in the emergency room.

Some children will be turned away and told to come back in two to four weeks or once their conditions have improved. 

The hospital tries to make sure that every child will not have to wait more than 10 minutes to get their immunization so they don't have to stay at the hospital for too long. 

To make the children feel more comfortable with the new Covid-19 health protocol, pediatricians at Tambak modify their protective gear to look cute and child-friendly. 

Each pediatrician at the hospital on average provides immunization to 5-10 babies and toddlers on weekdays and up to 20 on weekends.

The hospital does not treat Covid-19 patients but is nevertheless equipped with all the necessary facilities and equipment to prevent transmission of the disease, including disinfection chambers.

A father and his son sit in a waiting room at Tambak Children
A father and his son in the waiting room. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A mother carries her newborn baby at Tambak Children
A newborn baby and her mini face shield. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A mother puts her baby in a scale at Tambak Children
A woman gently lays her baby on a scale. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A nurse checks the babys height at  at Tambak Children
A baby cries as a nurse measures his height. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A pediatric wearing colorful protective gear prepares a vaccine at Tambak Children
A pediatrician at Tambak wearing colorful protective gear to put children at ease. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A pediatric examines a baby at Tambak Children
A pediatrician examines a newborn baby. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A mother talks to a pediatric at Tambak Children
A woman consults with a pediatrician. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A nurse puts a headband to a baby at Tambak Children
A nurse puts a headband on a baby's head before putting on his face shield. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Tambak Children
Pediatrician Dr. Mila Hardiani poses in her colorful protective get-up. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)