Good News, Reagents Are Available in Papua – The Papua Health Research and Development Center (Litbangkes) has received a stock of reagents from Jakarta to detect the delta variant of the corona virus.

“The reagents have been in Jayapura, (but) they currently cannot be used because the reagents have to be adjusted to the equipment,” said the Head of the Papua Research and Development Center, doctor Antonius Oktavian when contacted Friday, July 9, 2021.

Antonius said that currently the examination of samples to detect Covid-19 has been accumulated. For, there is a PCR test requirement for air transportation passengers.

It was recorded that 356 samples had been carried out by hospitals, while for Litbangkes it reached 145 samples. “All hospitals are complaining because there are a lot of samples piling up, such as Dian Harapan Hospital, Bhayangkara Hospital, Marten Indey Hospital, Provita Hospital, the queue for samples has exploded,” Antonius explained.

Currently, the number of new cases of Covid-19 has increased in Papua. Lockdown, according to Antonius, is a solution to reduce the number of new cases of transmission in the eastern Indonesia.

When asked about the sample results of the Suspected Delta Variant patients sent to Jakarta, Antonius stated that he had not yet received the results of the sample examination. “So while waiting for the samples to be sent from the hospital, we will adjust the tools and reagents,” he said.

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Meanwhile, the Head of the Jayapura City Health Office, Ni Nyoman Sri Antari, said that the hospitals in Jayapura City were 100 percent full of patients. In fact, hospitals have set up emergency tents to anticipate the surge in Covid-19 patients.

He hopes that hospitals can add isolation rooms for Covid-19 positive patients. ‚ÄúToday, 4 patients have died, so we have to open the room again. People must continue to obey health protocols, don’t be stubborn,” he said.

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