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Public officials urged to be open about their health

  • Nina A. Loasana

    Jakarta

Jakarta   /   Tue, September 22 2020   /  01:00 am
Religious Affairs Minister Fachrul Razi pays attention to questions launched by lawmakers of House of Representatives' Commission VIII overseeing religious affairs during a working meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2020. (Antara/Puspa Perwitasari)

Public officials contracting COVID-19 have been urged to publicly announce their condition to allow health workers to trace the people they have been in touch with. “Public officials should be transparent about their condition, because they often meet the public,” Trubus Rahardiansyah, a public policy expert from Trisakti University, told kompas.com on Monday. Trubus was commenting on a statement from the Religious Affairs Ministry that minister Fachrul Razi had tested positive for COVID-19. “We should appreciate the minister’s openness, because it makes it easier to trace the people who have met him.” Trubus added that Fachrul, in being transparent, could be a role model for the public. He also called on the government to list infected officials, so that the public was aware. Earlier on Monday, one of Fachrul’s expert staff members brok...