METROBATAM.COM. Tanjungpinang, Indonesia – As many as 200 Indonesian Migrant Workers (PMI) from Malaysia who were sent home via Batam and Tanjungpinang contracted COVID-19.
“Of the 14 thousand PMIs who were returned to Indonesia via Batam and Tanjungpinang in January-April 2021, 200 of them were infected with COVID-19. This was revealed based on the results of a swab test using the PCR method against PMIs who had just arrived in Batam,” he said. Tengku Said Arif Fadillah, Chief Executive of the Riau Islands COVID-19 Handling Task Force, in Tanjungpinang, Monday (03/05).
Arif revealed that the number of PMIs from Malaysia who were sent home via Batam was far more than Tanjungpinang. The Riau Islands Provincial Government has reminded relevant agencies that PMI handling patterns, such as examination of the PMI swab test, must be carried out quickly.
“The PCR examination results must be known at the latest in a day, not for days because it can cause problems,” he said.
A total of 142 PMIs from Malaysia entered Batam, seven of whom contracted COVID-19. All PMIs who contracted COVID-19, but without symptoms, were isolated by the Galang Infection Special Hospital.
“May 11, 2021, more than 140 PMI people from Malaysia were sent home via Tanjungpinang,” he said.
Arif said that the arrival of PMI not only raises concerns about them bringing COVID-19, but also adds to the burden on regional finances.
The cost of eating and drinking for PMI is borne by the Riau Islands Provincial Government, Batam City Government and Tanjungpinang City Government. According to information, the funds will be returned by BNPB after an audit by the BPKP.
“At least five days PMI must isolate in Batam and Tanjungpinang. If you are infected with COVID-19, it could be more than that,” he said.