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Jakarta Post

Who really needs weapons?

  • Roni V. Sikumbang


Melbourne   /   Thu, August 6 2020   /  01:00 am
Moment of truth: A nurse takes a swab sample from a man at the Tanah Abang district office in Central Jakarta on Sunday. The COVID-19 swab tests were conducted by the Indonesian Heart Foundation, Bunda Hospital, Good Doctor and Grab Health .(JP/P.J.Leo)

Recently Defense Minister Prabowo Subianto announced his intention to buy 15 second-hand Typhoon jet fighters from Austria. Prabowo stated that these planes, which each costs US$124 million, are needed to fully equip the Indonesian Military. But who are we fighting now? As many countries strengthened themselves with the latest weapons technology in past wars, we too must equip our doctors and nurses with the best weapons we have to win this war on COVID-19.  By now we know that this is not a short battle, but a long war and our frontline heroes fight every day. They are tireless but tired. Dozens of the valiant fighters have lost their lives due to infection. Increasing the availability of artificial intelligence (AI) technology and programs in hospitals throughout Indonesia has the potential to protect these healthcare heroes. We often hear news reports that many patien...