Residents now approve of construction of COVID-19 hospital in Batam, officials claim

first_imgHe said the proposed hospital would be staffed with military doctors and public volunteers, as well as health workers affiliated with the National Police and the Health Ministry.Hadi, along with Public Works and Housing Minister Basuki Hadimuljono, conducted the first field assessment of the former Vietnamese refugee camp on Wednesday.The planned construction was expected to be completed within a month, Basuki said.The plan for the hospital was initially met with surprise and resistance among locals, but authorities have sought to persuade them by disseminating information and meeting with them personally.As of Monday, Indonesia has announced six confirmed COVID-19 cases, five of whom are being treated at the Sulianti Saroso Infectious Disease Hospital in North Jakarta, while one is being treated at the Persahabatan Central General Hospital in East Jakarta. (rfa)Topics : The government plans to proceed with turning a former refugee camp on Galang Island, Batam, Riau Islands into a hospital that would specialize in the treatment of COVID-19 coronavirus patients, as officials claim that locals now support the project.On Sunday, the Indonesian Military (TNI) and the National Police inspected for a second time the site planned for the hospital, which was formerly used as a camp for Vietnam War refugees in the 1970s before being shut down in 1995.TNI commander Air Chief Marshal Hadi Tjahjanto, who led the inspection, claimed that residents of nearby Sijantung village had expressed their support for the plan. “I have met with people who live around [the former refugee camp] during a social call. Nearly everyone welcomes the construction plan,” Hadi said.The proposed hospital, he said, would be equipped with 50 isolation wards and a total of 1,000 beds, as well as a centralized oxygen supply. The isolation wards would also include 20 intensive care units (ICU), he said.He said that the hospital would also be equipped with a laboratory, a pharmacy and additional facilities such as housing for health workers.“We will provide treatment facilities, including rooms with negative pressure ventilation that use standardized filters to help accelerate recovery. We hope the hospital will be completed soon,” Hadi said.last_img read more

Texas governor trying to resurrect Texas-Texas A&M rivalry

first_img“I am inspired by the camaraderie and the collaboration that has already infused this session. It seems unprecedented, and I’ve got to tell you, I’m feeling it myself,” Abbott said, via The Texas Tribune. “I’m feeling moved. And I want to set the example. For example, I’m willing to step up and put aside past differences and work with [state Rep.] Lyle Larson to reinstate the rivalry game between the Aggies and the Longhorns.”Abbott was giving his Governor’s State of the State Address when he brought up bringing back the rivalry game and working with Larson, who has butted heads with Abbott in the past. Related News Larson had proposed a bill in November to revive the game. The bill would make the two programs play a non-conference game against one another every November.Texas and Texas A&M haven’t played one another since the 2011 season, in which Texas rallied to beat Texas A&M, 27-25. The two schools have met 118 times, with Texas holding a 76-37-5 advantage in the all-time rivalry.It wouldn’t be unheard of for big rivalries to be non-conference ones. Clemson and South Carolina play every year, as does Georgia and Georgia Tech, Florida and Florida State, Notre Dame and USC, and Louisville and Kentucky, to name a few. Southern Miss coach slams school’s order not to hire Art Briles, school says The Texas-Texas A&M rivalry used to be one of the biggest games of the college football season, but ceased to exist once the Aggies moved to the SEC.Now, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said he is willing to “work” with other representatives to revive the game and make it a yearly matchup again.last_img read more