Indonesia Seeks Extra Oxygen for COVID-19 Sick Amid Scarcity | Well being Information

By EDNA TARIGAN and SLAMET RIYADI, Associated Press

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) – Parts of Indonesia are lacking oxygen as the number of seriously ill COVID-19 patients who need it increases, the country’s pandemic response head said Monday after dozens of sick people in a public Had died in the hospital, in which his central supply.

“Because of three to four times the amount of (oxygen) required, the distribution was hindered,” said Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan, the coordinating minister for maritime affairs and investments.

The government is asking oxygen producers to devote all of their supplies to medical needs and will import them if necessary, Pandjaitan said at the virtual press conference.

That statement comes after Health Minister Budi Gunadi Sadikit said the government guaranteed oxygen supplies for COVID-19 patients on June 26.

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At least 63 COVID-19 patients have died since Saturday during treatment at the Dr. Sardjito General Hospital in the city of Yogyakarta – 33 of them during the central liquid oxygen failure, even though the hospital switched to using oxygen bottles during that period, hospital spokesman Banu said Hermawan.

“Her deteriorating condition was the main contributor to her death,” said Hermawan.

The hospital’s central oxygen supply was back on at 4:45 a.m. on Sunday after 15 tons of liquid oxygen were delivered. Medical oxygen is available in liquid and compressed form.

Yogyakarta Governor Sri Sultan Hamengkubuwono X said hospitals needed more oxygen than before due to the increasing number of COVID-19 patients in the province.

“We need more oxygen. But that doesn’t mean there isn’t any offer at all, ”he said.

Indonesia, the fourth most populous country in the world, has seen a surge in COVID-19 cases in the past two weeks. The Ministry of Health recorded 27,233 new cases with 555 deaths from the virus on Sunday. The country has recorded more than 2,284,000 cases, including 60,582 deaths.

Pandjaitan said the incubation period means the number of those infected will steadily increase through mid-July.

“It can pick up again in the future if we can’t be disciplined,” he said.

Riyadi reported from Yogyakarta.

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