PAPUADAILY –Minister of Transportation Budi Karya Sumadi ensured that two Centralized Isolation Ships (Isoters) and four airports remained on standby until D+5 or October 20, 2021 after the closing of the National Sports Week or PON XX Papua. This is to prevent the spread of the Covid-19 virus.
Minister of Transportation Budi said that there were two ships that were on standby to support XX PON activities, namely the KM Tidar Ship in Jayapura and the KM Sirimau in Merauke.
Meanwhile, the four airports on alert are Sentani Airport in Jayapura, Mozes Kilangin Airport in Timika, Domine Eduard Osok Airport in Sorong, and Mopah Airport in Merauke.
The Minister of Transportation said this was a follow-up to the results of the evaluation of the implementation of the XX PON in Papua. In this evaluation, Coordinating Minister for the Economy Airlangga Hartarto asked the ministers to keep an eye on the participants who were still in Papua, until D+5 after the closing of the PON on October 15, 2021.
“I have instructed the Director General of Sea Transportation that the two isoters remain in Papua until d+5 the closing of PON XX and ensure that all patients being treated at isoters are handled properly,” said the Minister of Transportation, Tuesday (12/10/2021). Quoted Liputan6.com
It is known, KM Tidar has been in Jayapura since August 12, 2021 or before the PON, as an isoter place in order to control the Covid-19 pandemic in Jayapura. Meanwhile, KM Sirimau has been in Merauke since September 27, 2021, after ending his duty as an isoter ship in Sorong.
KM Tidar has a capacity of 929 beds (873 beds for patients and 56 beds for health workers), while KM. Sirimau with a capacity of 460 beds (449 beds for patients and 11 beds for health workers).
Currently, there are 15 isoters at KM Tidar. Consists of 14 people from the PON cluster and 1 (one) person from the general cluster.
“The presence of the two isoters is expected to help control the spread of Covid-19 in Papua,” said the Minister of Transportation.
Furthermore, Minister of Transportation Budi said this isoter ship could be an alternative isolation room for Covid-19 patients without symptoms, thereby speeding up recovery compared to self-isolation at home.
In addition, with the isolation on the ship, it is hoped that it will limit the space for the spread of the Covid-19 virus because patient mobility is only carried out on the ship.
Furthermore, Minister of Transportation Budi explained that in addition to isoter ships, the Ministry of Transportation has also prepared 4 airports, and has coordinated with airline operators, to facilitate the return of athletes and official teams by implementing strict health protocols.
“We have confirmed the return of PON athletes through the airport in accordance with strict health protocols by both the airport and the airline. We have also implemented the Peduli Protect application and ensured that all those who departed have carried out vaccines and PCR tests,” said the Minister of Transportation.***