In the midst of the outbreak of the COVID-19 disease, the Community Service team from the Faculty of Nursing, University of Indonesia (FoN UI) carried out the “Covid-19 Prevention Education” community service program aimed at officers at three nursing homes in East Jakarta. The program will take place online on April 21-22, 2020 at the Tresna Werdha Social Home (PSTW) Budi Mulia 1 in Cipayung and Ciracas, East Jakarta, as well as the Tresna Werdha RIA Development Center in Cibubur.
The elderly (elderly) are the age group that has the highest risk of being infected with COVID-19 disease, due to a decrease in body resistance and comorbidities. The death rate for the elderly due to COVID-19 infection is very high because many elderly people experience severe symptoms and require intensive care in hospitals. News from a nursing home in Pennsylvania, United States, stated that one hundred percent of the elderly were infected with COVID-19 and many officers wanted to stop working because of the lack of support from the manager and the unavailability of personal protective equipment (PPE).
Departing from these problems, the Chief Executive of Community Service who is also a lecturer at FoN UI Dwi Nurviyandari, S.Kep. M N. outlines a number of strategies that can be applied in nursing homes as prevention efforts including, preventing visits from outside during the pandemic, aggressively identifying symptoms of infection early, implementing protocols for preventing the spread of COVID-19 infection, assessing the adequacy of PPE supply, and finally managing well the elderly by serious illness. Dwi added, “It is hoped that this educational program can provide moral support for officers and also prevent cases of COVID-19 infection from occurring in the three nursing homes.”
In addition to online education, the FoN UI Community Service Team also provides support for the provision of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and Disinfectant Liquid for the elderly at PSTW. To expedite education, the service provider creates general information media in the form of posters and banners that will be posted in places that are easily known by the elderly and visitors, such as washing hands with soap and running water, maintaining distance, wearing masks and not shaking hands.
UI Director of Community Service Agung Waluyo, MSc, Ph.D explained, “UI provides full support for the COVID-19 prevention efforts carried out by the entire academic community, of course by paying attention to the signs during the current Large-Scale Social Restriction (PSBB) period. implemented in DKI Jakarta and Depok City. This is one of UI’s commitments to become the nation’s teacher.”
Similar support was also conveyed by the Vice Chancellor for Research and Innovation UI Prof. Dr. rer. grout. Abdul Haris who gave special attention to COVID-19 prevention activities for at-risk groups, namely the elderly. This support is manifested in the form of grants to UI academics who conduct research and community service on the issues of the COVID-19 pandemic.