"The assistance from the center also includes eight coli of mask, which we immediately hand over to the South Kalimantan COVID-19 Handling Acceleration Task Force," said Commander of Sjamsudin Noor Air Force Base Col. Pnb M. Taufiq Arasj in Banjarbaru, Monday (April 6, 2020).
In addition to PPE and mask for the task force, which are subsequently distributed to a number of referral hospitals for COVID-19 handling, there were also 40 liters of hand sanitizer from Air Force's Health Dept specifically for the needs of Sjamsudin Noor Air Force Base Hospital.
Taufiq Arasj said that PPE assistance was also an attempt by the TNI AU on its 74th birthday to help accelerate the handling of COVID-19 by tributing medical devices, PPE and mask to all regions in South Kalimantan.
"At this time South Kalimantan is in the emergency response status, all must work together in the prvention and handling of COVID-19, so it can be resolved immediately," he pointed out.
The assistance was transported using the Air Force's C-130 Hercules A-1316 aircraft from the 32nd Air Force Squadron of Abdurahman Saleh Malang Air Force Base and landed at the Sjamsudin Noor Air Force Base.
All the PPE was then symbolically handed over from the Commander of Sjamsudin Noor Air Force Base to the Head of South Kalimantan Disaster Mitigation Agency (BPBD) Wahyuddin who is also the Daily Chief of Task Force of COVID-19 Handling Acceleration.
Spokesperson of the Task Force Dr H Muhammad Muslim said, until that day 16 cases have confirmed positive for COVID-19, 15 Patients Under Surveillance (PDP) and as many as 1.258 people as Persons Under Monitoring (ODP.