JAKARTA, KOMPAS.com – Indonesia is among countries with the highest numbers of medical workers who lost their lives in the battle against Covid-19, Amnesty International Indonesia said.
“Covid-19 has claimed the lives of 112 doctors and 69 nurses in Indonesia,” Amnesty International Indonesia Executive Director Usman Hamid said during the launch of an online tribute for fallen medical personnel in Jakarta on September 5.
Citing Amnesty International’s statistics, Usman noted that Covid-19 has killed over 7,000 medical workers around the world.
Mexico leads in this grim count with 1,320 fatalities, followed by the United States with 1,077, India with 573, Brazil with 324, and South Africa with 240.
Indonesia’s number of fallen medical personnel is the sixth-highest in the world.
“Aside from finding an effective way to break the chain of infection, countries around the world are obliged to protect their medical workers,” he added.
“I hope that this online tribute will raise the Indonesian government’s awareness [of the Indonesian medical workers’] sacrifices.”
The University of Indonesia backed Amnesty International Indonesia’s findings. A study by its Faculty of Medicine estimated 83 percent of Indonesian medical workers experienced Covid-19 related burnout since the pandemic was first detected in Indonesia last March.