MUHAMMADIYAH.OR.ID, YOGYAKARTA – Indonesia surpassed one million confirmed cases. On Tuesday (26/1) at 12 p.m., the COVID-19 Task Force reported 1,012,350 cases since the pandemic was officially declared to have transmitted in Indonesia on 2 March 2020.
A Muhammadiyah epidemiologist conveyed that the surge is linked to public behaviors putting them at risk. Many people are in crowds during Public Activity Restriction Enforcement (PPKM), neglect physical distancing, and do not wear a mask.
An epidemiologist of Universitas Muhammadiyah Jakarta (UMJ) Nazarwin Saputra stated that the COVID-19 pandemic has recently seemed a phenomenon of an iceberg. Thus, he wished that the positive-confirmed cases could be handled.
“The response is supposed to be faster since the the confirmed cases are escalating. It will get worse if the cases dramatically rise, but the response is slow,” declared Nazarwin on Tuesday (26/1).
Nazarwin, who is also Deputy Chair of the Indonesian Public Health Association (IAKMI) of DKI Jakarta recommended regional government to collaborate with non-governmental organizations and social organization to educate community about vaccines which central government has distributed.
“Hence, people will not doubt the vaccines which the National Agency for Food and Drug Control (BPOM) enacted the safety, the Indonesian Ulema Council (MUI) issued a halal status, and met a vaccine efficacy of 63.5% from World Health Organization (WHO),” informed Nazarwin.
He believed that the vaccination is an effort to tackle the COVID-19 to reach hear immunity because the vaccine is a preventive action to protection. Besides, people must remain to implement health protocols (wearing a mask, keeping distance, and washing hands).