19 July 2021 | Monday | News
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The facility, located in Pulogadung in East Jakarta, will be able to provide an ongoing, uninterrupted oxygen supply for COVID sufferers as the gas will be piped directly from the Samator Group's oxygen production plant located nearby. It is the first semi-permanent health facility in Indonesia equipped with oxygen supply equipment and beds to support those exposed to COVID-19 with moderate symptoms who need temporary oxygen relief.
The project is expected to help reduce the Bed Occupancy Rate (BOR) of hospitals in Jakarta, which has reached 85%. If there are any patients who are being treated at the Oxygen House whose condition deteriorates, they can quickly be referred to one of the COVID-19 referral hospitals, several of which are located in the vicinity.
Andre Soelistyo, CEO of GoTo said, "The facility will provide an ongoing supply of oxygen to those who need it the most - it will save lives and alleviate suffering for many people in the city. No one should have to suffer due to a lack of oxygen and we are determined to work with government and private sector partners to play a role in helping to alleviate this national problem.
"Yet this is just the start. It is our intention to find more partners to support initiatives like this. There is more to be done and we are appealing to all companies who benefit from Indonesia during the good times, to support the country during these more difficult times. Our ambition is to see more oxygen facilities appearing throughout the country over the coming weeks and months."
Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs and Investment Luhut Binsar Panjaitan said, "I appreciate GoTo, the Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the Samator Group for creating the Gotong Royong Oxygen House. This is a good example of the private sector actively helping with the COVID-19 relief efforts for the good of the people. In the face of COVID-19, we need to work together to tackle this collective challenge."
Arsjad Rasjid, Chairperson of the Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KADIN) said, "The Gotong Royong Oxygen House was established to provide a solution to the oxygen crisis that Indonesia is currently experiencing. This facility, as well as our support to help accelerate the implementation of the Gotong Royong Vaccination Program are part of KADIN's efforts to support COVID-19 relief and we are grateful for the support of all parties for driving the "Gotong Royong Oxygen House" initiative in Pulogadung."
Rachmat Harsono, President Director of PT Aneka Gas Industri Tbk said, "The Gotong Royong Oxygen House was established in the vicinity of our factory in Pulogadung, meaning we can pipe oxygen directly to the facility to save more lives and help people in need. Furthermore, to respond to similar oxygen needs in other provinces, we are ready to replicate this initiative at more of our factories across Indonesia at which direct oxygen piping is possible."
The "Gotong Royong Oxygen House", which is set to begin accepting patients soon, will be accessible to the public through the Halodoc application.
Since the beginning of the pandemic, the GoTo Group (Gojek, Tokopedia and GoTo Financial) has carried out multiple programs to support employees, partners, medical personnel, the wider community and the government in facing the challenges of COVID-19.
Relief efforts have included the distribution of food packages to partners, support for the digitisation of food businesses allowing them to trade online as well as a comprehensive vaccination program for driver partners as well as employees.