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Jakarta Post

Health experts covet voice in virus response

  • Ardila Syakriah


Jakarta   /   Mon, September 28 2020   /  01:00 am
To the nose it goes: A medical worker takes a sample from a man’s nose during a COVID-19 swab test in Jakarta recently. Indonesia has a limited capacity for conducting swab tests due to a lack of labs, equipment and trained personnel.(JP/Dhoni Setiawan)

The resignation of Indonesia's top doctor from the COVID-19 task force has prompted questions as to whether the government is seriously involving health experts in its pandemic response. Urologist and professor at the University of Indonesia’s (UI) Faculty of Medicine, Akmal Taher, has tendered his resignation as the task force’s health division head, saying that he would continue contact tracing and testing -- two measures he believed as essential in curbing COVID-19 -- elsewhere. "It's true that I have resigned [...] For me, tracing and testing must be absolutely improved and I believe this must be done at community health centers," he said in a discussion organized by the Center of Indonesia Strategic Development Initiatives (CISDI) on Saturday. "These are things I'll do in any future place I work, because I think we haven't done the...