Ministry health

Get COVID-19 test after close contact with patients: ministry

We urge the public to collaborate in prevention efforts, such as cooperative testing and tracing and following health protocols (in a disciplined manner) to protect against contracting COVID-19.

Jakarta (ANTARA) – The Ministry of Health has encouraged the public to get tested immediately in case of close contact with a COVID-19 patient.

The call was made by the spokesperson for COVID-19 vaccination at the Ministry of Health, Siti Nadia Tarmizi, in a press release received here on Friday.

The ministry also reminded the public not to be afraid to undergo quarantine or self-isolation, as it had provided telemedicine services and consultations with health workers at public health centers to monitor the situation. evolution of patient health.

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People in self-isolation, either self-contained or in institutions, were eligible for free health consultation services, either through the telemedicine platform or from health workers in public health centers.

The ministry has also provided free medication and multivitamins to patients in isolation to support their speedy recovery.

“We urge the public to collaborate in prevention efforts, such as cooperative testing and tracing as well as following health protocols (in a disciplined manner) to protect against contracting COVID-19,” he said. she asserted.

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Tarmizi also urged the public to get the full vaccination doses as well as the booster dose once they are eligible.

She said testing and tracing close contacts were important to stem the spread of COVID-19.

Massive testing, tracing and treatment are among the preventive measures taken by the government to control COVID-19. As of Thursday, February 17, some 572,855 specimens have been tested nationwide.

These measures have been taken to keep the national bed occupancy rate below 60%. The government has also been working to maintain the availability of COVID-19 health services.

They continue to impose a policy that only patients with moderate to critical symptoms can be treated in hospitals.

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Meanwhile, people who are asymptomatic or with mild symptoms have been asked to self-isolate in their respective homes or in government-provided facilities, in a bid to reduce the workload in hospitals.

Tarmizi confirmed that a large health staff had been prepared to deal with the worst-case scenario.

In terms of internal management, the hospital may arrange alternate schedules for health workers assigned to the COVID-19 care section and may also transfer health workers from other units to assist with COVID-19 treatment.

“We are also providing shuttle transportation and accommodation for staff, reducing or delaying non-emergency services and increasing telemedicine services,” Tarmizi added.

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Health workers and doctors in self-isolation because they are asymptomatic patients would be helped to offer telemedicine consultations to self-isolating COVID-19 patients.

In addition, the hospital’s external strategy includes the use of co-assistants and people following the Medical Specialist Training Program (PPDS), as well as coordinating with professional organizations to provide relief personnel to assist.

Hospitals can also transfer health workers to areas with high numbers of COVID-19 cases and employ final-year students at health education institutions to help them with administrative tasks.

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