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.  

A nurse holding a newborn baby hand inside a maternity ward at Tambak Mother and Child Hospital in Menteng, Central Jakarta on Wednesday (15/04). (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A nurse calms a newborn baby inside the maternity ward. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A nurse prepares face shield for a newborn babies in Tambak Mother and Child Hospital, Central Jakarta on Wednesday (15/04). (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A nurse assembles the DIY mini face shield. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A newborn baby wearing face shield, yawns inside the maternity ward. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A newborn baby yawns behind their mini face shield. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A nurse put on a face shield to a newborn baby inside a maternity ward at Tambak Mother and Child Hospital in Menteng, Central Jakarta on Wednesday (15/04). (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Another newborn baby gets a mini face shield put on at the maternity ward. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A nurse ensures that the face shield size fits the baby
A nurse adjusts the mini face shield's headband so it fits snugly on a baby's head. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Two newborn babies sleep wearing a face shield inside the maternity ward in Tambak Mother and Child Hospital in Menteng, Central Jakarta on Wednesday (15/04). (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Two newborn babies wearing mini face shields inside the maternity ward. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A newborn baby wearing face shield, sleeps inside an incubator at maternity ward in Tambak Mother and Child Hospital on Wednesday (15/04). (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A newborn baby wearing a mini face shield fast asleep inside an incubator. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)

 

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