If the Pandemic Turns into an Endemic, Cross-Sector Collaboration Must Be Done

Suara.com – For two years, Indonesia has experienced the Covid-19 pandemic, which has changed the lives of many people. So that the pandemic will soon pass and turn into an endemic, what needs to be done?

Spokesperson for the Ministry of Health (Kemenkes) dr. Siti Nadia Tarmizi said that in order to achieve endemic, one thing that must be increased is cross-sectoral collaboration.

“We have learned a lot from the COVID-19 pandemic in the past two years. First is the importance of collaboration. It is impossible for the Ministry of Health to be able to work alone in dealing with this pandemic. We must be inclusive and work with many parties, including experts, media, community leaders, religious leaders, community organizations, and cross-sectoral government agencies,” he said as quoted from Sehatnegeriku.

The importance of this collaboration includes in terms of accelerating the rate of COVID-19 vaccination. As of Wednesday (2/3), vaccination dose 1 has been given to 190,979,676 (91.70%) of the population, and dose 2 has been given to 144.565,875 (69.41%) of the population. Meanwhile, dose 3 (booster) vaccination has been given to 10,249,634 (4.92%) residents.

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Residents have activities when they come home from work in the Sudirman - Thamrin area, Central Jakarta, Monday (7/2/2022). [Suara.com/Alfian Winanto]
Residents have activities when they come home from work in the Sudirman – Thamrin area, Central Jakarta, Monday (7/2/2022). [Suara.com/Alfian Winanto]

Besides collaboration, dr. Nadia also saw that the pandemic showed the importance of strengthening health services to the regions.

“Strengthening health services is certainly very crucial during the pandemic, especially health services that are able to reach people in remote areas. Throughout the pandemic, we continue to coordinate with local governments and health offices throughout Indonesia to ensure we have health services that are able to meet the health needs of the community,” added dr. Nadia.

Some positive results from the strategy to strengthen health services are the decrease in the number of COVID-19 patients in hospitals to 33% of the total national capacity compared to yesterday (1/3) which was in the position of 34%. In addition, the number of recoveries also increased today to 42,935 compared to yesterday’s position of 39,887.

The daily positivity rate also decreased to 12.24% compared to Monday (28/2) at 18.21%. Specimen examination was also strengthened on Tuesday (1/3) and then returned to the level of 438,751 after the previous Monday (28/2) at the level of 276,215 due to the Isra’ Miraj commemoration holiday.

However, dr. Nadia also reminded the important role of the community to help the government deal with the pandemic.

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“Our struggle is not over and we must not be discouraged. We have had many successes over the past 2 years, but we still need the help and support of the community. Carry out health protocols and complete vaccinations so that we can immediately reach at least 70% of the total national vaccination target,” concluded dr. Nadia.