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BPOM assists Palestine to establish agency

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, November 25 2020   /  01:00 am
National Food and Drug Monitoring Agency (BPOM) Penny Kusumastuti Lukito leads a raid on herbal drinks and illegal medicine in Cilincing, North Jakarta on Sept. 21, 2018.(Tempo/ M Julnis Firmansyah)

Indonesia, through the Food and Drug Monitoring Agency (BPOM), has kicked off a three-day virtual forum on the establishment of an independent regulatory body for food and drugs in Palestine in an effort to bolster the Middle Eastern nation’s resilience in weathering the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. A part of the South-South Cooperation (SSC) program, the forum runs from Monday to Wednesday and comprises comprehensive online training sessions in which relevant stakeholders from Indonesia and Palestine are expected to exchange knowledge about the various prerequisites and challenges of forming the regulatory body. The training covers wide-ranging topics of interest, including traditional medicine, health supplements, cosmetics, food and laboratory testing. Among those attending the online event are BPOM head Penny Kusumastuti Lukito, Palestinian Health Minister Mai...