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Vietnamese People in Indonesia are Resilient Amid Covid-19 Pandemic

Rosie Nguyen Rosie Nguyen

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July 21, 2021 | 13:49

The Vietnamese Embassy offers protection and advice as Indonesia's situation becomes more complicated.

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Van Anh received the Covid-19 vaccine after recovering from the disease. Photo: VOV

Van Anh, living in the capital Jakarta, where the number of cases and deaths from Covid-19 is the highest in the whole of Indonesia, is one of the resilient Vietnamese living in the epicenter of the pandemic. Although she was careful to prevent the pandemic, she was infected with the virus when she had to live in the community with more than 50% of the capital's residents had Covid-19 and 85% of them were isolated at home.

Van Anh said that at a difficult time when she could not go to hospitals because more than 90% of inner-city hospitals were overloaded, Van Anh was fortunate to receive the attention and help of the Vietnamese community in Indonesia.

“I get the attention and help from the Vietnamese community and from my company. The people in the Vietnamese Embassy gave me advice and important information so that I could contact doctors and hospitals during difficult times. Besides, the Vietnamese community here is also warm, everyone cares, loves and sends me a lot of medicine and necessities. These sentiments have helped me stay strong, win against Covid-19, continue to work and live during the pandemic," said Van Anh.

Vietnamese People in Indonesia are Resilient Amid Covid-19 Pandemic
A flight brings home Vietnamese citizens stuck in the pandemic. Photo: VOV

Van Anh's situation is similar to that of many other Vietnamese in Indonesia at this time. With 2.9 million cases of Covid-19, including more than 73,000 deaths, the Indonesian health system soon became overwhelmed. Many countries have organized flights to bring their citizens home, including Vietnam. With the motto of caring for the community, maximum support for the Vietnamese community in the epicenter, the Vietnamese Embassy in Indonesia has implemented a number of measures to protect citizens from the very beginning.

Dang Trong An, second secretary in charge of the community, Vietnamese Embassy in Indonesia said: “Firstly, the Embassy worked with Indonesian authorities to ask the host country to create conditions to ensure safety for Vietnamese citizens in the area during the pandemic period.

Secondly, the Embassy maintains a special citizen protection consultation hotline related to the pandemic, which has grasped the situation of the community through local groups, thereby promptly informing and guiding citizens to stabilize their lives, pay attention to health protection, and strengthen 5K measures. At the same time, the Embassy grasps the needs, including the aspirations of citizens in the priority category to return home.

Third, because the risk of Vietnamese people contracting the virus in the area is large, we contact people with Covid-19 to visit, guide, contact Indonesian and Vietnamese doctors for advice and prompt treatment."

Vietnamese People in Indonesia are Resilient Amid Covid-19 Pandemic
The Embassy organizes an online visit to the fishermen detained in Indonesia amid the pandemic. Photo: VOV

The Vietnamese Embassy in Indonesia also asked the Indonesian government to create favorable conditions for Vietnamese people to access the Covid-19 vaccine. Last May, when the Indonesian government allowed the acceleration of vaccination on the island of Bali, the Embassy actively supported the Vietnamese in Bali to be vaccinated early.

Vietnamese People in Indonesia are Resilient Amid Covid-19 Pandemic
Donating 100 meals to doctors at Pasar Minggu Hospital, Jakarta. Photo: VOV

Despite the grim news, Vietnamese people in Indonesia are a positive asset in the face of the pandemic.

In this second wave of Covid-19, despite being heavily affected by blockade measures, the Indonesian government's restrictions caused the company's revenue to drop by more than 75%, Yeu Saigon company has donated meals to 10 inner-city hospitals, helping doctors fight the pandemic.

Images of doctors holding Vietnamese bread or enjoying hot pho (Vietnamese noodle) in the midst of a life-and-death battle, along with images of chefs in protective suits carefully preparing each meal giving to the doctors and nurses of hospitals in Jakarta demonstrates the shared compassion between two countries.

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