Indonesia will start providing free telemedicine services for patients with covid-19 who have milder symptoms of the disease. Health Minister Budi Gunadi Sadikin said on Monday that the move is intended to ease pressure on a health system overwhelmed by a record number of new cases, Reuters reported.
Indonesia experienced a record increase in the number of new infections virtually every day last week, with the number of victims exceeding 500 a day several times. The country is now facing one of the worst covid-19 epidemics in Asia, exacerbated by a highly contagious variant of the delta that first appeared in India.
Telemedicine services will start from healthcare companies such as Alodokter and Halodoc from Tuesday, and will include consultation and drug delivery. “Patients with covid-19 will thus receive timely medical services without having to wait in queues at hospitals. And hospitals will be able to give priority to patients with moderate, severe and critical symptoms,” the minister told a news conference.
According to government figures, the average occupancy rate of hospitals across the country is around 75 percent, but some hospitals on the most populous island of Java, including the capital Jakarta, have already reported 90 percent occupancy. The hospital also reports a lack of oxygen, which the authorities attribute to distribution problems and limited production capacity.
On Sunday, Indonesia recorded 27,233 new cases and 555 deaths. The country, home to more than 270 million people, has registered more than 2.28 million infected and 60,582 victims since the beginning of the pandemic.
Telemedicine is the remote transmission of medical information from a patient to a doctor via telecommunications and information technology. Includes video calls, emails, smartphones, wireless and other means of communication.
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