Universities, Private Sectors and NGOs are Crucial to Fight COVID-19 in Indonesia
TEHRAN (FNA)- Prof. Daryono Hadi, Dean of School of Pharmacy, Bandung Institute Technology in Indonesia, discussed the ways universities, private sectors and non-government organizations contribute to fighting the COVID-19 pandemic during the 7th Science and Technology Exchange Program on May 18, 2020.
Providing some general information about Indonesia such as its GPD of 4,175 US$, 933 public hospital, 1,116 private hospitals and 9 teaching hospital, 208 medical devices camp, Daryono Hadi stated that the overall management of COVID-19 in Indonesia is satisfactory; however, "there is a shortage of Personal protective equipment (PPE) for medical doctors and nurses.
Furthermore, he added "National Disaster Management Agency publishes COVID-19 data on a daily basis, hospitals for COIVD-19 patients are set up, and mediums to strict social distance are conducted."
"Nevertheless tested numbers are still limited 140,473 and reported data versus facts are still challenging."
He further talked about the universities' contributions to fighting Coronavirus.
The cheap ventilator Vent.i is an example of an Innovation product designed by R&D center of Salman Mosque, Bundung Institute of Tech. This project is supported by ITB Alumni, Indonesian Aircrafft Industry and is fully donated to hospitals.
In his presenting, Daryono Hadi provided pictures of various ventilators developed by Universities and voluntary students. There were also productions of personal protective equipment (PPE) by universities.
Muslims in Indonesia also made Public Sanitizing Hand wash in the form of tanks that are placed in in public areas, traditional markets, malls, etc. for public use. Yogyakarta by UGM, Surabaya, Jaharta by UGM are some of these publick hand wash machines.
He further elaborated on donation of Association of Indonesian Higher Pharmacy Education (AIHPE/APTFI) to primary health care facilities and hospital. They provided vitamins, Sanitizers, personal protective equipment, medicines, and food.
In general, volunteers did a great job in Indonesia as was evident from the pictures provided by Daryono Hadi.
Also webinars are conducted to educate people regarding COVID-19 and ways to protect themselves and their families.
Teams are formed to support local government for data analysis and supporting the government policy.
He thinks it is important to educate people to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Daryono Hadi further pointed out to Dexa MEdica group's donation of Chloroquine, Hyudrochloroquie and Azitromycine to NDMA for all reference hospitals (dedicated to the treatment of 35,000 patients) on April 17, 2020.
Also, during the months of March, April, and May 2020, Biofarma Group donated Chloroquine, PPE, and hand sanitizers to NSMA and local governments for all reference hospitals, as well as food for people who are economically affected by the virus.
Daryoujo further announced that Kalbe Group also donated US$2.5 million to NDMA to hospitals and also allowed their laboratory to be a member for testing COVID-19.
Regarding NGO's and Individuals'' Contribution, he mentioned Wecare, an NGO, that hosted a talk show to educate people, and teach the ways to prevent and cure COVID-19 infection.
"NGOs and individuals initiated to help people who lost their jobs by distributing foods and medicines. Many companies use their CSR to support their laborers/workers" he added.