Jakarta (ANTARA) – President Joko Widodo said the COVID-19 pandemic could help build the momentum to build health resilience and improve health services in Indonesia.
“This pandemic has taught us many lessons. It made us more aware of shortcomings that we need to improve (and overcome), ”he stated in his online address for the anniversary of the Indonesian Medical Association (IDI) from the Presidential Secretariat here on Saturday.
The difficult situation due to the COVID-19 pandemic could serve as an impetus for reform of the national health system, he noted.
The reform could come from the prevention side, he said, adding that targeting disease prevention and a healthy lifestyle is the top priority that needs support from non-health sectors, public awareness and discipline, and support from socio- religious organizations.
Efforts have been made to strengthen human resource capacity in the health sector, develop hospitals and health facilities, and stimulate the pharmaceutical and health equipment industries, he said.
During the pandemic, local researchers and innovators developed several innovations, he noted.
“(Innovations include) rapid diagnostic tests, emergency ventilators, PCR (polymerase chain reaction) equipped biosecurity for mobile laboratories, the use of artificial intelligence for COVID-19 diagnosis and Covid Track applications for monitoring patient mobility. We have also accelerated clinical trials and mass production of the red and white vaccine, ”he said.
He said extraordinary measures need to be taken to address public health problems that range from communicable diseases to non-communicable diseases to reducing the rate of stunts in the country.
“I hope IDI will be part of the health system reform. The success of the reform depends not only on the work of the government but also requires the full support of professional associations and the public, ”he noted.
The President said he believes that through the spirit of collaboration, health system reform can be achieved to bring healthy and prosperous lives to the public.
IDI’s role is not only limited to integrating the potential of all Indonesian doctors and developing medical science and technology, but also promoting the level of health of the entire Indonesian nation, he said.
“I believe in the long struggle, IDI cannot work alone. IDI resides within the ecosystem that includes educational institutions, other professions, industries, etc. This requires close synergies and collaboration in order for IDI to achieve its goals, “he said. (INE)
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