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Jakarta Post

[ANALYSIS] Reflecting on public health as part of economic recovery

A photo taken on March 22, 2021 shows vials of AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine before being inoculated to residents of Jombang regency, East Java. President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo oversees the vaccination drive for 2,500 religious teachers in the regency.(Antara/Syaiful Arif)
Andjarsari Paramaditha
Jakarta   ●   Wed, April 21 2021

When the COVID-19 pandemic hit the world in 2020, it became the ultimate test for every government on the readiness of their public health system and medical institutions to respond the crisis. Countries that have been responsive and vigilant in their policies on mitigating the viral infection, such as Taiwan, Singapore, South Korea and New Zealand, are more likely to see faster recovery of economic growth than those that have not.

Failure to step up responsively with the right public health strategy to mitigate and control the pandemic would result in slower recovery. Hence, it is important for the government to focus on public health as part of its path to economic recovery.

As an archipelagic country with 17,000 islands, Indonesia already has challenges in logistics and infrastructure. Located on the Ring of Fire, Indonesia is also prone to various natural disas...

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