Indonesia’s hospitals run short of oxygen, ask foreign countries for emergency aid

Indonesia is experiencing a shortage of medical oxygen needed to fight the outbreak, and the government is urgently asking for help from other countries.

Indonesia is experiencing a new wave of the new crown outbreak, with a surge in confirmed cases and a shortage of oxygen supplies to hospitals.

Luhut Binsar Pandjaita, the Indonesian government minister in charge of the national response to the outbreak, said the Singaporean government sent more than 1,000 oxygen cylinders, oxygen concentrators, ventilators and other medical equipment to Indonesia on Friday, and the Australian government also sent 1,000 ventilators to Indonesia.

Minister Luhut said the Indonesian government and plans to buy 36,000 tons of oxygen and 10,000 oxygen machines from Singapore, and has approached countries such as China that may provide oxygen. The United States and the United Arab Emirates have also offered to help.

Indonesia now has more than 2.4 million new crown infections and 64,631 deaths. These numbers are thought to be far lower than the true figures due to a lack of detection equipment and tracking measures. Indonesia reported 1,040 deaths from the new coronavirus on Wednesday and nearly 39,000 confirmed cases on Thursday and Friday.

Many patients on the Indonesian island of Java had to wait several days to be admitted to hospitals, which placed oxygen cylinders on the sidewalk for patients to use; the emergency room of a public hospital in Bandung, the capital of West Java, was closed this week because it ran out of oxygen; a hospital in Yogyakarta, a city in central Java, had 63 new coronavirus deaths in a single day, 33 of them during an interruption of the hospital’s central liquid oxygen supply. The hospital was subsequently switched to oxygen cylinders after the supply was interrupted.

Indonesia donated 3,400 oxygen cylinders and oxygen generators to India during the country’s new coronary outbreak. As the epidemic worsened in the country, the Indonesian government canceled plans to donate another 2,000 oxygen machines to India at the end of June.