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‘Mudik’ should be safe, healthy: Minister

 ‘Mudik’ should be safe, healthy: Minister Health Minister Nila F. Moeloek explains on Tuesday preparations the Health Ministry has made for the upcoming Idul Fitri holiday. (Courtesy of the Health Ministry/File)
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Health Minister Nila F. Moeloek has said Idul Fitri holiday travelers need to prepare so that their mudik (homebound trips) are fun, safe and smooth.

“I call on all elements of society to join with the government to support the smoothness of mudik this year by paying attention to their health and safety,” said the minister during a breaking-of-the-fast event attended by bus drivers at Kampung Rambutan Terminal in East Jakarta on Tuesday afternoon.

Nila said it was better for people not to use motorcycles for mudik. If there was no other choice for going home, she said, they must limit the items they carried on their motorcycles and make regular rest stops during their trips.

“Take a 15-minute rest after driving a car for four hours. For motorcyclists, take a rest every two hours,” she said. “Don’t forget to check your blood pressure. Do stretching exercises so that the blood pressure increases and you feel fresh again.”

“My message to the owners of buses, cars and motorcycles [is that] they must first check [their vehicles],” Nila said.

For this year’s holiday exodus, the Health Ministry has prepared 3,910 health care facilities comprising 923 health posts, 2,231 community health centers, 375 hospitals, 207 port health offices and 174 public safety centers.

They will be available 10 days before and after Idul Fitri, Tempo reported. In 2016, a least 12 people died from exhaustion at the Brebes tollgate. (stu/ebf)

Travel tips:

-          Do not speed, especially on damaged roads or during bad weather

-          Wear a mask to avoid inhaling pollutants

-          Do not accept food or drink from strangers

-          Wash your hands with soap before eating

-           Consume only healthy food and drinks

-          Dispose of trash properly

-          If you start to feel ill, go to the nearest health post.

(Source: Health Ministry)