Health system strengthened after lifting of Covid emergency: KSP

JAKARTA (ANTARA) – Following the lifting of the World Health Organization (WHO) COVID-19 emergency, the Indonesian government has focused on strengthening the national health system, the Presidential Staff Office (KSP) said.

„The lifting of the Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC) status of Covid-19 by the WHO means that Member States may no longer respond to COVID-19 as an emergency situation,” KSP expert staff Brian Sri Prahasthudi explained on Tuesday. .

Therefore, the country’s response must now aim to strengthen the health system in a long-term and systematic manner, and include the six components of health laid down by the WHO.

The government is trying to strengthen the national health system to ensure awareness and preparedness to face the risk of future epidemics.

According to WHO, the six components of health include health initiatives, financing, human resources, drugs and health products, health information, and health governance.

Prahasthudi said the Ministry of Health is working on a health transformation to strengthen the National Health System.

This system was previously established by Presidential Regulation of 2012 No. Regulated by 72

„This change is necessary because in the digital era, the need for healthcare has changed. Meanwhile, scientific advances in medicine and Indonesia’s experience in dealing with the Covid epidemic have made this change inevitable,” he said.

He said the government is optimistic about the National Health Transformation Plan as the country has shown extraordinary work and quick response in dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic.

Indonesia was also commended for its successful handling of COVID-19 at the 7th Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction (GPDRR) in May last year.

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„From the beginning, the COVID-19 response in Indonesia has taken a comprehensive approach. In addition to responding to the health sector, the government is also thinking about social and economic security,” Prahastudi said.

Translated by: Indira P, Kensu
Author: Rahmat Nasushan
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