Imperiled by new clusters, market vendors gear up for their health

first_imgWorking daily in a place deemed to pose a high risk of COVID-19 contagion, some traditional wet market vendors have taken precautions related to the viral outbreak, as they worry about their health as much as they do their financial struggles.Satibi, 39, has been wearing a face mask and gloves while butchering chickens during the pandemic, something he had never done since starting his business eight years ago in Rawasari Market in Cempaka Putih, Central Jakarta. He said he always sprayed his money box with alcohol before tidying up his cash during the pandemic.“We are just human beings who are worried, just like others,” Satibi said. Read also: Indonesian wet markets carry high risk of virus transmissionSiti Purwani, a staple food vendor in Serdang Market in Kemayoran, Central Jakarta, preferred to improve her immune system by consuming herbal drinks and vitamin C, aside from wearing a mask. She said she also relied on hand sanitizer, because wearing gloves would hinder her, for instance, when preparing bags of cooking oil.She also demanded that the market management deploy more officers to patrol the area and ban customers that belong to vulnerable groups such as the elderly, children and pregnant women, after she several times spotted them among market visitors during the pandemic.“Because [people] will listen better to officers without being offended, rather than to us, sellers who are ordinary people.”Some vendors have been facing a dilemma since the outbreak hit Jakarta in March: Running their business on site could increase the risk of infection, not only among themselves but also market visitors. But these traders need to make ends meet.About 3,244 vendors from 110 wet markets, out of more than 100,000 vendors in roughly 150 wet markets across the city, have provided a safer alternative to direct purchasing: a shop-from-home service allowing customers to purchase daily needs via phone call or text message. But many sellers have found it less successful because customers prefer to shop directly at the market.Siti and Nainggolan, for instance, said they attracted only up to five shop-from-home customers per week.Jakarta itself never fully closed its traditional markets during the large-scale social restrictions (PSBB), but restricted their operations by banning vendors selling non-staple food from operating in markets.Read also: Bandung to close three markets after sellers tested positive for COVID-19And now Jakarta is transitioning to the so-called “new normal”, gradually easing the PSBB and reopening the economy, at the same time trying to prevent contagion with heightened health protocols.As of Monday, the Indonesian Traditional Market Traders Association (IKAPPI) had recorded 64 vendors in Jakarta having contracted the virus since the outbreak started, out of a total of 573 vendors nationwide having the virus, raising concern that new clusters may emerge as the country begins to ease the coronavirus curbs.The IKAPPI has issued a health protocol for vendors and market managers that includes guidelines on the distance between stalls, plastic curtains between traders and customers, body temperature checks and routine disinfecting since March. It has also established a task force to disseminate the protocol to traditional markets nationwide during the new normal period and ensure their compliance.IKAPPI chairman Dimas Hermadiyansyah, however, acknowledged many vendors nationwide were negligent about health protocols. He called on local governments to strictly impose the protocol to keep everyone in the markets safe.“Now that the Jakarta administration is easing restrictions, we are worried that traditional markets will become [a source of] infection because human-to-human interaction is high there,” he said.Read also: Sellers in markets, malls, required to wear masks, face shields and gloves in ‘new normal’: Trade MinistryNainggolan, another staple food vendor at Serdang Market, said he sometimes had to remind customers swarming in front of his stall to disperse.He said he was worried about contagion. Yet he said he had no option but to keep his business running during the outbreak that has financially hit most traditional vendors in Serdang Market as a result of fewer customers.As of Monday, 23 vendors at Serdang Market had contracted the virus, which Nainggolan believed to have been caused by an abundance of people flocking to the market a week before the Idul Fitri holiday.“Customer numbers surged by around 10 times. The worst was three days before Idul Fitri,” Nainggolan said, suggesting the market management enforce stricter control ahead of the Idul Adha (Day of Sacrifice) holiday in late July.Following reports that jostling crowds at traditional markets remained, Pasar Jaya imposed an odd-even kiosk number policy starting on Monday during the new normal period. The policy allows odd-numbered kiosks to open only on odd dates and even-numbered kiosks to open on even dates.Epidemiologist Windhu Purnomo suggested local governments issue more prevention measures at traditional markets with strict enforcement to prevent new infections, at the same time not putting aside their livelihood.Topics : Satibi said he was particularly concerned about being infected after 14 fellow vendors tested positive last week, prompting Jakarta-owned market operator Pasar Jaya to close down the market for three consecutive days for disinfectant spraying.But even though he had been wearing personal protective equipment, he said he sometimes loosened his mask to breathe fresh air when no customers were around, as it was hot and stuffy inside the building.He found that patrolling officers — the market’s internal security guards, as well as military and police personnel — were not present all the time to remind sellers and customers to implement health protocols.”It would be nice if everyone in the market voluntarily complied with these protocols,” Satibi said.last_img read more

Good scores for Decatur County Memorial Hospital :Survey

first_imgA patient survey revealed high scores for DCMH in OB and delivery.GREENSBURG, Ind. – Decatur County Memorial Hospital (DCMH) is receiving high scores from a patient survey.Data collected from shows the hospital was compared against area hospitals and the national average.Patients were asked questions such as, “what to do during their recovery at home, whether or not they always received help as soon as they wanted and whether or not staff always explained about medications before giving it to them.”The hospital received high marks in topics such as heart failure patients who were given an evaluation of left ventricular systolic function. This evaluation assists in the early diagnosis and then treatment of heart failure and can help patients live longer, healthier lives.According to Press Ganey surveys conducted in the third quarter of 2014 for the hospital, the Women’s Center (OB and delivery) scored 100 percent in the categories of communication with nursing staff.As open enrollment on the Health Insurance Marketplace is underway, DCMH staff recommends patients stay informed and do research.“Keep in mind things such as; proximity to your home, knowing who will care for you and data on reputable web sites and surveys. Individuals have a choice. Choose wisely,” said Lynzee McDowell, marketing and communications manager at DCMH.last_img read more

Rogers begins to show confidence for Syracuse as 1st-line midfielder

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Lisa Rogers would think about her leg instead of lacrosse.She’d think about it while running. She’d think about it in between the 30-yard lines. She’d think — and then hesitate — when there was no reason to.Rogers was part of a second-line midfield that was still learning how to play together. She was fully recovered physically from an ACL injury, but still wasn’t playing her best.“I was more of a support player (last year) because it was more of a mental block than a physical block,” Rogers said.Now, a year later, Rogers is at the peak of her game. She’s not afraid to take risks and instead of thinking, she’s just playing.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textRogers missed her entire freshman season due to the ACL injury and spent her sophomore year learning on the job as part of the second line with Kelly Cross and Erica Bodt. Now on the first line, Rogers will continue to play a prominent role for the No. 2 Orange (4-0, 1-0 Atlantic Coast) when it takes on Connecticut (1-2) on Wednesday at 6 p.m. in the Carrier Dome.After four of Syracuse’s contributing midfielders graduated, the three juniors have moved up to the first line this season.The trio was in a rut last year, Cross said. They struggled with communication on the field and Rogers’ hesitancy didn’t help. Everyone knew what they were capable of, but they weren’t performing that way.The turning point came during fall ball.Syracuse hosted a tournament and scrimmaged against other colleges. That’s when Rogers first exuded the conviction to fit into SU’s starting lineup as the midfielders started to spark the offense.“It was kind of a question of whether she would gain that confidence in the offseason,” Cross said, “but she came in in the fall and you could just tell she was ready to prove something.”Through four games, the starting middies have combined for 17 points, which is already nearly half of what they totaled last year. While Rogers only has four of those, it’s her intangibles that have opened the offense up for Cross and Bodt.Rogers said she’s at her best in between each restraining line. On rides, she slides to the ball-carrier and provides pressure. On clears, she has the ability to fly past the other team without even passing the ball.“She’s confident and the game’s slowed down for her a bit,” Syracuse head coach Gary Gait said. “She understands what she’s doing and she’s in a good position as a starter to go out and make plays.”Against Canisius on Feb. 15, Rogers got the ball in her own end off a turnover, charged through the center of the field and raced past two Canisius defenders. To avoid losing the ball, she extended her stick out with one hand as they both tumbled to the turf unable to keep up. The crowd roared after she executed the clear all by herself and then she dumped the ball off to SU’s highly touted attack.When Syracuse trailed Virginia 4-1 on Monday, the Orange’s offense was stagnant. After Gait called timeout 15 minutes into the game, it was Rogers who scored SU’s second goal, beginning a 5-0 run to take the lead and UVA never got it back.Rogers embraces the role as a go-to player. She says that having teammates rely on her forces her to raise her level of play.She got a tally in the box score, something she doesn’t normally do, but it’s not the first new thing she’s doing this season.“She held her own, but she wasn’t back at that level that everyone kind of knew she could play at,” Cross said. “That’s why it’s really exciting this year, she’s just stepped up her game tremendously.“She’s better than ever now.” Comments Published on February 25, 2015 at 12:07 am Contact Paul: [email protected] | @pschwedslast_img read more