A nurse holds a newborn baby wearing a mini face shield at Tambak Children's Hospital in Menteng, Central Jakarta, on Wednesday. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Safe and Sound: Shielding Jakarta's Newborns From Coronavirus
BY :YUDHA BASKORO
APRIL 15, 2020
Rumah Sakit Ibu dan Anak Tambak, a children's hospital in Menteng, Central Jakarta, has been putting on mini face shields on newborn babies to protect them from coronavirus infection.
The mini face shields are made by nurses at the hospital from thin plastic attached to a DIY headband made from soft foam rubber and an elastic.
A pediatrician at the hospital, Dr. Eveline P., said the mini face shield is a necessary precaution considering the rapid spike in Covid-19 cases all over the country – 5,136 cases by Wednesday, more than half of whom are in Jakarta.
"The mini face shield will protect the baby's respiratory tract. We can't put on a mask on a newborn baby or put them in a protective suit," she said.
The hospital also put would-be mothers through a rigorous health check before they give birth at the hospital.
"Hopefully, all babies born here are free from coronavirus," Dr. Eveline said.
The hospital has also started giving away mini face shields to babies who come to the hospital to get vaccinated.