WHO Surati Jokowi, Asks RI to Announce National Corona Virus COVID-19
Jakarta - Circulating a letter addressed to Indonesian President Joko Widodo or Jokowi from the World Health Organization (WHO). It asked Jokowi to announce the Corona Virus COVID-19 national emergency.
Through a letter dated March 10, 2020 signed by WHO Director General Thedros Adhanom, the world health organization asked President Jokowi to take a number of steps, including declaring a national emergency Corona Virus COVID-19.
In the letter, it was also seen that it was forwarded to the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Indonesia.
"That's right (a letter from WHO to Jokowi)," Foreign Ministry Spokesman Teuku Faizasyah told Liputan6.com in his short message, Friday (3/13/2020).
Even so, the WHO representative in Indonesia has not yet responded to the confirmation made by Liputan6.com regarding the letter.
At the beginning of the letter, Thedros Adhanom appreciated the efforts of the Indonesian government in dealing with the Corona Virus COVID-19. He said every country must take measured steps to prevent the spread of the virus that first appeared in China.
Nevertheless, WHO said it had found a number of undetectable cases in several countries. That's according to the health organization, making the spread of the Corona COVID-19 Virus increasingly widespread so that it ends with a large number of fatalities.
Therefore, Thedros revealed that WHO continues to encourage every country to continue conducting laboratory tests on people suspected of being infected with the Corona COVID-19 Virus.
"Especially in countries with large populations and uneven health facilities in each region," Thedros said.
In his message, Thedros stressed the importance of early detection to map the spread of the virus and make prevention efforts.
Thedros suggested for countries where there were undetectable cases to follow a number of recommendations from WHO. Among them by declaring a national emergency. Educate and actively communicate with the public about the risks and involve the community.
Another point, WHO also recommends increasing capacity in examining those who have come into contact with positive patients with the Corona COVID-19 virus, contact tracing, including quarantine issues.
It also emphasized the matter of disseminating information related to hygiene, ethics related to breathing, and questioning social distancing .
"I really appreciate your support for implementing the above public health measures, because they represent an important package of interventions needed to address this situation as quickly as possible," Thedros wrote to Jokowi.
At the end of the circulating letter, WHO requested that Indonesia be able to provide information about approaches to monitoring and testing, contact identification, and contact tracing for the Corona COVID-19 Virus or a summary of data / cases.
WHO officially declared that the Corona Virus or COVID-19 was a pandemic on March 11, 2020. It was based on the presence of more than 118 thousand cases of transmission in more than 110 countries.
WHO Director General, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, said the decision of the corona virus outbreak as a pandemic did not change global actions in its handling. WHO is concerned about the spread and level of damage caused by the Corona COVID-19 Virus.
In addition, the lack of steps and actions taken in combating the corona virus is also still worrying. Ghebreyesus predicts there will be an increase in cases and deaths in the next few weeks.
"COVID-19 can be characterized as a pandemic. We have rang the alarm bell loud and clear," explained Ghebreyesus, as reported by Time .
"This is not just a public health crisis, this is a crisis that will touch every sector," he added.