Many medical personnel in Indonesia are being rejected by residents — including landlords — in the area where they live, out of the fear that they are carriers of the deadly COVID-19.
The latest incident occurred on Monday (28 April) when three nurses were asked to leave their boarding houses by the owners.
According to Detik, the nurses received a WhatsApp message late at night from their landlord, asking them to stay in another place until the situation improves.
Suminanto, Chief of the Indonesian National Nurses Association (PPNI) in Solo, told the media that the landlord’s request followed the sighting of a picture of a banner at the Budi Karya Hospital where the nurses work.
The picture were circulated in WhatsApp group, along with the claim that the hospital currently serves only COVID-19 patients.
The hospital then picked up the nurses using an ambulance to temporarily accommodate them on the fifth floor of the hospital.
This is not the first of such cases.
Antara reported PPNI as saying that there has been a rejection of doctors and nurses attending to COVID-19 patients by their neighbours in their domicile in East Jakarta.
PPNI Chairperson Harif Fadhilah told the media: “We received this report on 22 March. Not only nurses, but also doctors at the Rumah Sakit Umum Persahabatan (RSUP).”
Mr Fadhilah said the actions of the public who refused the presence of doctors and nurses COVID-19 were considered exaggerated.
“In fact, the community must feel fortunate that there are nurses living near their homes. This medical personnel know the characteristics of COVID-19 better than ordinary people,” he said.
Jakarta converts hotels into lodging facilities for frontline medical workers fighting COVID-19
Responding to this, Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan announced that the city government has prepared convenient facilities for medical workers in Jakarta.
This is a form of appreciation from Anies to medical workers who work tirelessly in fighting the outbreak in Indonesia’s epicentre of COVID-19.
Four hotels were converted into facilities for medical workers, namely the Grand Cempaka Business Hotel, the D’Arcici Alhijrah Hotel, the D’Arcici Plumpang Hotel, and the D’Arcici Sunter Hotel.
The medical personnel come from several COVID-19 referral hospitals.
Mr Anies said that he hoped, with the preparation of the lodging facilities, that the medical staff will not be worried about their family’s health.
He also hoped that the medical staff will get enough rest in the facilities “so that they can rest peacefully and comfortably, all their needs are met, and they don’t have to go far home”.
“Their family will also feel at ease, knowing that their family who is working hard to deal with the COVID-19 outbreak has a comfortable and decent place to live,” Mr Anies added.
Other cities in Java have also since set up hotels for medical workers to stay in during the pandemic.
COVID-19 cases in Indonesia reached a toll of 9,511 as of Tuesday (28 April). 1,254 people have recovered from the virus. 773 people have passed away due to complications from the virus.