TheJakartaPost

Please Update your browser

Your browser is out of date, and may not be compatible with our website. A list of the most popular web browsers can be found below.
Just click on the icons to get to the download page.

Jakarta Post

Mothers lead families to play significant role in COVID-19 handling: Ministry

  • News Desk

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, October 16, 2020   /   09:32 am
Mothers lead families to play significant role in COVID-19 handling: Ministry Members of a government team to ensure compliance with COVID-19 health protocol stand on the roadside in Pesanggrahan, South Jakarta, on Sept. 22, to educate passersby. (JP/Wendra Ajistyatama)

As part of the nation’s efforts to tackle COVID-19, the public’s change of behavior in implementing health protocols is essential, and family plays a significant part in endorsing such a change. 

As soon as Indonesia found family virus clusters in August, which contributed to the nation’s overall cases, the government focused on the important role of families in helping educate the public on how to curb COVID-19 transmission. 

To support such a gesture, the Women's Empowerment and Child Protection Ministry, in partnership with the Health Ministry and the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB), released special health protocols to guide families in doing their part. 

The protocols are available on the ministry’s website, berjarak.kemenpppa.go.id, as well as social media accounts. 

“The coronavirus is transmitted quite fast. 

“Each member of a family has the potential to contract and spread the virus. We need to keep promoting the ‘3M’ protocols, because changing people’s behavior to live a healthy life is not an easy task,” the ministry’s undersecretary for public participation, Indra Gunawan, said in a statement on Wednesday, referring to the protocols that cover mask-wearing, hand-washing and physical distancing.

“And mothers, who mostly manage the family, carry a really important role [in this campaign],” he added.

Read also: BKKBN to assist COVID-19 task force in socializing '3M' health protocols

The ministry’s spokeswoman, Ratna Susianawati, also stressed the significant role of mothers in the campaign, saying they were believed to be the best supervisors in families.

“Each member of the family has a role as an agent of change in implementing and educating others about health protocol in public. Meanwhile, mothers ensure the safety of their family members,” she added.

The head of the Health Ministry’s subdirectorate on working capacity, Rusmiyati, said mask-wearing, hand-washing and physical distancing should come in a package. 

“The idea behind the protocols is to make sure we are healthy. If we’re unhealthy, we are not supposed to travel. Those who are healthy and do activities outside of their homes must wear masks, bring along hand sanitizer and maintain a 1-meter distance from others. 

“And when they reach home, they have to consider their family members in the house. Therefore, as stipulated in the protocols, those who have activities outside of their homes have to take showers when reaching home before interacting with their family members,” she added. 

Rusmiyati said that, according to the ministry’s survey, the public often neglected the physical distancing rule. The survey, which involved 19,654 respondents, showed that 96.6 percent of the respondents fully understood the importance of physical distancing. Nevertheless, only 54.29 percent of the respondents complied with the rule. 

Therefore, Rusmiyati further said, massive campaigns for the health protocols needed to continue. (nkn)

 

 

Editor’s note: This article is part of a public campaign by the COVID-19 task force to raise people’s awareness about the pandemic.