CRISIS OF HEALTH PERSONNEL IN THE MIDDLE OF A SURPRISE OF COVID-19 CASES – Since Covid-19 cases jumped in the last three weeks, Risa Oktavia—not her real name—often came home late. The nurse who served in the isolation room for Covid-19 patients at a referral hospital in Sleman Regency, Yogyakarta admitted that her time was very wasted. He can work more than 12 hours a day. According to him, recently the hospital where he worked was no longer able to accept Covid-19 patients. In essence, the capacity of the treatment room is not comparable to the incoming patients. In the isolation room alone, said Risa, there are currently 33 patients being treated. While the actual capacity of the room can only accommodate 30 patients.
Patients were only handled by 24 nurses, who were divided into three shifts. However, in one shift group, not all nurses can enter the isolation room. That way, only one nurse treats more than five patients. “Ideally, nurses can only treat a maximum of three patients,” said the 32-year-old woman when contacted by Alinea.id, Thursday (24/6).
The large number of Covid-19 patients made Risa and her colleagues have to stay longer in the isolation room, wearing personal protective equipment (PPE), which was considered very uncomfortable to wear.
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Risa’s experience is a portrait of the unequal number of nurses and Covid-19 patients at a referral hospital. Some time ago, the Indonesian National Nurses Association (PPNI) stated that DKI Jakarta, Central Java, West Java, and East Java were experiencing a crisis in the number of health workers. PPNI Chairperson Harif Fadhillah explained that the greater risk of being infected with Covid-19 also triggered a health workforce crisis. “As a result, health services will collapse. I think it will be difficult for the community to get good service,” Harif said during a conversation, Thursday (24/6).