East Java prepares 2 ships to speed up vaccinations on the islands
TEMPO.CO, Jakarta – The East Java The provincial government has prepared two ships that will be used to provide health services and speed up COVID-19 vaccinations among coastal communities.
The two ships would be optimized to provide health services and vaccinations to residents living on the islands, East Java Governor Khofifah Indar Parawansa said on Saturday.
“The administration of East Java has two ships, which we want to use to provide health services to residents living on the islands,” she said.
One of the ships is owned by the East Java provincial government and will be piloted by medical personnel provided by Brawijaya University in Malang, she revealed. Meanwhile, the second ship will be operated by Airlangga University of Surabaya.
According to the governor, the two ships will provide health services to people residing on the islands and having difficulty reaching the mainland.
Meanwhile, Professor Nuhfil Hanani, rector of Brawijaya University, said the university was ready to operate the ship to help provide health services and speed up vaccinations among coastal communities.
“The ship is intended to reach small islands that cannot be reached by land (vehicles). We are ready to carry out our mission,” he said.
Meanwhile, the director of Brawijaya General Hospital (RSUB) Sri Andarini said the hospital will soon sign a memorandum of understanding with the provincial government of East Java regarding the operation of the vessel.
The hospital will also coordinate with the faculty of medicine and the faculty of political and social sciences at the university on staff availability, she added.
Based on data from the East Java Communication and Information Technology Office, the province aims to immunize 31,826,206 residents. Currently, 12,524,657 residents have received the first dose of the vaccine and 6,666,910 have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
East Java has so far recorded 392,615 confirmed cases of COVID-19, 359,520 recoveries and 29,210 deaths, and the remaining patients are still in treatment.
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