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Moeldoko, Ganjar's claims of false COVID-19 diagnoses harmful, miss core problems

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Nurses tend to a COVID-19 patient at Bogor General Hospital in Bogor, West Java on Sept. 3, 2020.(AFP/Adek Berry)
Ardila Syakriah
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Jakarta   ●   Tue, October 6, 2020

As Indonesia struggles to suppress COVID-19 cases and deaths, government officials appear to be shifting the blame to hospitals by raising claims of false diagnoses -- which medical professionals say would erode public trust and further delay treatments, all the while missing the core of the problem: long testing turnaround times.

The Indonesian Hospital Association (PERSI) slammed the government over claims it said were not based on facts and evidence, saying they would "prompt stigma and have an extraordinary influence on eroding public trust in hospitals".

"It is feared that this will have a negative impact on the healthcare service provided by hospitals," the association's chairman, Kuntjoro Adi Purjanto, said in a statement.

Presidential Chief of Staff Moeldoko made the controversial statement after a meeting with Central Java...

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