The Jakarta Post
A new mask factory will be built in Brebes, Central Java, while alcohol production in Wonogiri will be increased to produce more hand sanitizer to curb the spread of COVID-19, Central Java Governor Ganjar Pranowo has announced.
”We should follow the South Korean government's example [and increase mask production]. This is our chance to be an independent nation,” he said.
Besides masks, another essential product needed in handling COVID-19 is alcohol, as it is a major component of hand sanitizer.
Ganjar said Central Java only had one company that produced alcohol but the company was willing to increase production.
"It will produce up to 3 million liters. We need hand sanitizer but there is a limited supply.”
Ganjar also acknowledged that the province still lacked personal protective equipment.
“When I had an online meeting with regents and mayors in Central Java on Tuesday, they said all hospitals lacked personal protective equipment such as safety shoes, respirators and protective clothing,” he said.
"We will ask more companies to produce more personal protective equipment.”
As of Thursday morning, Indonesia has reported 227 confirmed COVID-19 cases.(aly)