More than 2,200 Indonesians have died with coronavirus symptoms, data shows

first_imgA senior member of the government’s COVID-19 taskforce, Wiku Adisasmito, did not dispute the Reuters findings but declined to comment on the number of coronavirus victims he believed were to be found among the patients classified as PDP.He said many of the 19,897 suspected coronavirus sufferers in Indonesia had not been tested because of long queues of specimens awaiting processing at under-staffed laboratories. Some people had died before their sample was analyzed, he said.”If they have thousands or hundreds of samples they need to test, which one will they give the priority? They will give the priority to the people that are still alive,” he told Reuters.Adisasmito is the most senior public health expert on Indonesia’s COVID-19 taskforce and the press office of President Joko Widodo typically refers queries to the taskforce.According to the Ministry of Health’s most recent COVID-19 guidelines, patients classified as PDP are those with acute respiratory illnesses for which there is no clinical explanation other than the new coronavirus.To be classified as PDP, patients must also have travelled to a country, or an area in Indonesia, where the coronavirus has taken hold within 14 days of becoming sick.”I believe the vast majority of PDP deaths were caused by COVID-19,” said Pandu Riono, an epidemiologist at the University of Indonesia, citing their COVID-19 symptoms and that there was no other identified cause of death.Some senior government members played down the risk of an outbreak in January and February with some suggesting that prayer, herbal remedies and hot weather would help ward off the virus. The death toll is now the highest in Asia after China, according to a Reuters tally.Burials The provincial data follows a report by Reuters this month that burials in the capital Jakarta in March were up by 40% on any month since at least January 2018. The city’s governor told Reuters that coronavirus was the only likely explanation.Indonesia had officially recorded 9,096 coronavirus infections as of April 27. It has conducted 210 tests per million people. Neighboring Australia has tested 100 times more per capita, while Vietnam’s testing is about 10 times higher.”The true infection and death rate are higher than the officially reported data because our tests are still a very low number compared to the population,” said Dr Iwan Ariawan, an epidemiologist from the University of Indonesia.President Joko Widodo’s government has been accused by activists and his political opponents of a lack of transparency in handling the epidemic.The government says it has taken appropriate measures, but Widodo said last month that some information had been withheld from the public to prevent panic.Widodo said last week he had told his ministers to report COVID-19 data truthfully. His government announced a new transparency initiative two weeks ago but a promised new website with all the data has yet to be launched.Daeng Faqih, chairman of the Indonesian Doctors Association, the country’s pre-eminent grouping of doctors, has urged the government to reveal the national number of suspected COVID-19 patients who had died but were not tested.The WHO representative office in Indonesia also said at the weekend that deaths of suspected coronavirus sufferers should be disclosed.Adisasmito said the government was not hiding data and that he was unaware the WHO had called for suspected COVID-19 death statistics to be made public.On Tuesday, the WHO declined to offer any comment beyond its weekend advice, made in its latest situation report on Indonesia. More than 2,200 Indonesians have died with acute symptoms of COVID-19 but were not recorded as victims of the disease, a Reuters review of data from 16 of the country’s 34 provinces showed.Three medical experts said the figures indicated the national death toll was likely to be much higher than the official figure of 765.Indonesia has one of the lowest testing rates in the world and some epidemiologists say that has made it harder to get an accurate picture of the extent of infections in the world’s fourth most populous country. The most current data from the 16 provinces shows there were 2,212 deaths of patients under supervision because they have acute coronavirus symptoms. Indonesia’s health ministry uses the acronym PDP to classify these patients when there is no other clinical explanation for their symptoms.The data is collated by provincial agencies daily or weekly from figures supplied by hospitals, clinics and officials overseeing burials. It was obtained by Reuters by checking websites, talking to provincial officials and reviewing World Health Organization (WHO) reports.The 2,212 deaths were in addition to the deaths of 693 people who had tested positive for COVID-19 in those provinces and were officially recorded as victims of the disease.The 16 provinces account for more than three quarters of the country’s 260 million population.center_img Topics :last_img read more

Wheat Capitol Manor is accepting applications for Maintenance Supervisor

first_imgWellington Housing Authority aka Wheat Capitol Manor, is accepting applications for a Maintenance Supervisor position.  Considerable knowledge of materials, methods, tools, and equipment used in building and remodeling is required.  Plumbing, carpentry and electrical skills are essential.  The ability to make decisions, supervise maintenance staff, make sound judgments, and possess organizational skills is imperative.  A minimum of 4 years maintenance experience in building and grounds repairs are also required.  Wage commensurate with experience.  Background check will be performed.  Benefits include KPERS, vacation an accrued sick leave.  EOE. For application/job description visit Wheat Capitol Manor, Wellington, Kansas 67152; 620-326-5821.  [email protected]last_img read more

‘Name and shame Rapists’

first_imgMr. Timothy Paulus – Advertisement – The former Right to Play International Country Director, Timothy Paulus, has called on the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection to name and shame perpetrators of rape by publishing their names quarterly in all 15 counties as a deterrent to reduce rape cases in the country.Mr. Paulus spoke yesterday in Monrovia at the launch of the First All Men Conference organized by the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection in collaboration with the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL).The launch was held under the theme, “Liberian Men: Stepping it up for Gender Equality.’’ Mr. Paulus also served as one of the panelists.Discussing men’s role in the eradication of domestic and gender-based violence in Liberia, Mr. Paulus called on government officials to focus on the eradication of rape so that minors that are reportedly raped would be protected and given a safe environment to better their condition.“How will women succeed in their dreams when they are dying on a daily basis and are being raped at an early age? There is still a large number of cases of rape, which are mainly of women and girls, while statistics show that men are the direct perpetrators of rape in the country; this is why men must stand up against rape and gender based violence,” he urged.He warned that the government and partners should create massive awareness about rape across the country, and should put into place measures that would fast-track rape cases so that victims can be well taken care of and take alleged perpetrators to court.Officially launching the 500 Men Conference, Minster Julia Duncan Cassell explained that the purpose of the conference was to elevate the advocacy of gender equality and women’s empowerment at a different level-that all men who are HeForShe Champions will engage other men to solicit and increase the support of men’s involvement to promote and encourage gender equality, women’s empowerment, and identify ways to foster the idea of the protection of women’s rights“We believe that an essential way of engaging men, who are believed to be the primary violators of women’s rights, is to strengthen their knowledge on women’s issues by creating the platform to listen to their views and solicit partnership with them,” she said.“Gender equality needs the active contribution, support and participation of men and policies should also address gender-related inequalities that affect boys and men.”Mr. Eddie Jarwolo, Executive Director of NAYMOTE, also stressed the importance for women to be given support so that they can work with their male counterparts for the benefit of the country.During his discussion on ‘Reducing Inequality in Governance – Challenges and Prospects,’ he urged women to untie themselves and work as a team to ensure equal participation in all aspects of life.He welcomed the ministry’s idea for organizing the conference and urged men to join the process by encouraging women in their endeavor to eradicate rape and GBV.Meanwhile, the intention of the program was to host 500 men but did not meet the target as less than one hundred men attended the program.However, panelists from the legislature and other speakers which included Mr. Eddie Jarwolo, Executive Director of NAYMOTE, Mr. Gbenzongar Finley, former Pro-tempore, Mr. Thomas Doe Nah of the Carter Center, traditional leaders among several others, called on Liberians to fight against SGBV and work together to encourage gender equality and women’s empowerment, and identify ways to foster the idea of protecting women’s rights.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more