STATEMENT BY H.E. LTG (RET) AGUS TERAWAN PUTRANTO, MD, PHD MINISTER OF HEALTH OF THE REPUBLIC OF INDONESIA AT THE 73RD SESSION OF WORLD HEALTH ASSEMBLY VIRTUAL SESSION 18 MAY 2020
Director General of the WHO, Excellencies,
At the outset, our appreciation to the WHO for its continuous efforts in coordinating the global COVID-19 response.
We extend our sympathies and condolences to all who has been affected, and salute to all health professionals and first responders.
Today the world comes together to fight a common enemy, that gravely impact the global social and economy. Indonesia joins global efforts to continue increasing concerted measures to prevent, detect and respond COVID-19. Indonesia has formulated a series of policies and technical actions to fight COVID-19 in all aspect of health, social and economy through a whole-government and whole-society approach.
In terms of public health measures, we focus on coordination, surveillance, detection, health services and logistics.
We establish Task Force to accelerate COVID-19 response that consists of all ministries and agencies.
Strengthening surveillance in Point of Entries and intensifying the case investigation and contact tracing.
We have making efforts to increase the PCR testing capacity to reach 10.000 testing per day by the 49 laboratories network, in which currently have tested more than 175.000 specimen.
We have also prepared 755 referral hospital containing 166.832 beds with 7% of it dedicated for isolation and 2 emergency hospitals with capacity of 4000 beds in total for those who need medical assistance.
We have been also recruiting additional medical professional.
We provided guidelines and protocols for prevention, surveillance, detection, and medical treatment, including the COVID-19 drugs guideline issued by the Indonesian Food and Drug Regulatory Authority.
Allow me to underline the importance points in conducting unified and synergized actions to end COVID-19 by:
- First, strengthening our solidarity. Only through cooperation we will be able to effectively response to the pandemic.
- Second, ensuring the global supply chain for essential medicine and medical equipment for all countries and assuring mechanism for equitable, accessible and affordable COVID-19 medicine and vaccines.
- Third, strengthening national pandemic preparedness and global health security by respecting the International Health Regulation (2005).
Multilateralism should remain the platform for international cooperation, and Indonesia commits to support the success of WHO Solidarity Trial, and ready to contribute to upscaling production of a new anti-viral and vaccine COVID-19 for global needs.