Hosi Dr Poonam Khetrapal Singh, Diretora Rejionál OMS ba Rejiaun Sudeste Áziatiku

Promove ijiene liman ne’e mak maneira báziku ida nunee mós maneira forte ida ba Membru Estadu hosi Rejiaun Sudeste Áziatiku tenki kontinua halo tuir hodi hamenus COVID-19 hada’et. Membru Estadu hotu tenki ho urjente fornese asesu universal estasaun fase liman iha públiku haree ba Membru Estadu hotu tama ona iha faze tuirmai responde ba pandemia, inklui iha entrada hotu ba fatin públiku ka fatin komérsiu privadu no iha fatin transporte hotu-hotu, liu-liu iha estasaun transporte públiku, aeroportu no portu. Fase liman beibeik ho sabaun no bee ka uza dezinfetante ne’e nuudar medida preventiva ida ba ita hotu atu proteje an, proteje malu no sira ne’ebé kuidadu ita: pesoál saúde.

Opinion By Jose Antonio Belo

Timor-Leste has managed the Covid-19 crisis very admirably since the crisis started. There has been no new Covid-19 cases for the last 5 days and the number of positive cases has been decreasing. On top of that, Timor-Leste has also seen zero deaths since Covid-19 became a global pandemic.

The bulk of the planned purchase of medical equipment and supplies for the management of this crisis has yet to materialize. Perhaps with the latest developments, further consideration should be given as to the actual requirements for the management of this crisis.

The purchasing of medical equipment and supplies can be divided into 2 large categories:

  1. Personal Protective Equipment – gloves, masks, gowns etc.
  2. Medical Equipment – Ventilators, ICU bed facilities, Monitors etc.

It is certain that personal protective equipment will be required. Even if it is all not utilized during this Covid-19 crisis, these will still be used daily at health centers and hospitals.




However, further consideration should be given as to whether large purchases of highly specialized medical equipment are required. Ventilators and Intensive Care Unit (ICU) equipment require very highly specialized personnel to operate them in a safe manner. Usually, they are managed by specialized  Anesthesiologists, ICU nurses, respiratory therapist or physicians  who are specifically trained to manage these equipment. Timor-Leste has a severe lack of these.

As such, much deeper consideration is needed if Timor-Leste is considering the purchase of around 100 units of ventilators and ICU beds. These are very expensive items to purchase. However, cost is not the main issue as we cannot value lives with money. The main issue is, are there enough capable people to operate and maintain these equipment?

Ventilators are dangerous to patients if not operated properly. They require constant monitoring, correct settings, constant power supply and they need to be operated in absolutely sterile and hygienic conditions. While Timor-Leste does need some of these equipment, Timor-Leste should also purchase according to its capacity to operate them instead of buying them and storing them. Worse still, operating them without the relevant expertise and causing harm to patients.

While it is understandable at the start of the crisis to make provisions and plans to purchase these highly specialized equipment due to urgency and uncertainties surrounding how the crisis will unfold, Timor-Leste can now have a better understanding of the likely impact Covid-19 will have on Timor-Leste.

Should Timor-Leste continue to test and monitor all those in quarantine as well as to keep its borders shut, the chances of a massive Covid-19 crisis seems less likely at the moment.


Tempotimor (Dili) - Pesoál saúde ne'ebé durante ne'e halo akompañamentu ba sidadaun sira ne'ebé mai husi zona mean, hamutuk ema na'in 59 agora daudaun tama ona kuarentena obrigatoriu.

Portavós Sentru Integradu ba Jestaun Krize (SIJK), Sergio Lobo hateten, husi total pesoal saúde hirak ne'e sira ne'ebé halo akompañamentu iha Otél Novu Horizonte, Otél Timor na'in 13, Otél Vila-Verde na'in 14, Maloa na'in 15, Otél SK 14 na'in, Otél City na'in 3.




Entretantu, kazu konfirmadu mantein 24, husi númeru ne'e, na'in 20 mak rekupera ona ne'ebé mai husi husi kazu provavél na'in 4, kazu konfirmadu na'in na'in 16 rua husi Likisá.

Sidadaun sira ne'ebé sei iha kuarentena hamutuk 316, sidadaun sira ne'ebé halo ona teste hamutuk 688, husi númeru teste ne'e negativu 533, sei hein rezultadu 131, sidadaun sira ne'ebé sei iha sala hela na'in 8 no ema ne'ebé liu ona kuarentena hamutuk 1. 898. (*)


Tempotimor (Dili) - Relasiona ho preokupasaun públiku nian ba sidadaun sira ne'ebé livre ona husi kuarentena no izolamentu sira, maka Sentru Integradu ba Jestaun Krize (SIJK), deklara sidadaun sira ne'e livre ona husi Coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19).

Tempotimor (Dili)-Bazeia ba dadus ne'ebé portavoz Sentru Integradu ba Jestaun Krize (SIJK) Doutór Rui Maria de Araujo fó sai katak, sidadaun ne'ebé afetadu ba corona virus hamutuk na'in 14 mak rekopera iha inísiu fulan maiu 2020.

Tempotimor (Dili) - Atualizasaun dadus iha Sesta (1/5), sidadaun hamutuk 2.366 mak tama iha konfinamentu obrigatóriu no auto konfinamentu.

Tempotimor (Dili)-Timor-oan na'in ida husi na'in 10 ne'ebé konfirmadu livre ona husi Corona Virus Deasses 2019 (Covid-19) husu ba povu Timor-Leste tomak atu kontinua kumpre regras prevensaun ne'ebé governu fó sai.

Tempotimor (Dili)-Husi loron 1 to'o 30 abril 2020, Sentru Integradu ba Jestaun Krize (SIJK) rezista kazu konfirmadu Covid-19 hamutuk 24, maibé husi na'in 24 ne'e, na'in 12 mak rekopera ona husi afetadu ba corona virus.

Tempotimor (Dili) – South-East Asia must play “a lead role in overcoming the ongoing pandemic” by producing a COVID-19 vaccine, the World Health Organisation (WHO) states.

Tempotimor (Dili) - Populasaun iha Munisípiu Likisá barak ta'uk atu ba konsulta iha sentru saúde tanba iha stigma kona-ba Coronavirus Disease 2019 (Covid-19).

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