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Indonesia cited by WHO for efficient handling of public health emergency

By Chito Chavez

The World Health organization (WHO) heaped praises to Indonesia for the efficient handling of its evacuees from China’s Hubei province.

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Hubei’s capital Wuhan is the epicenter of the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak, which has claimed more than 1,500 lives in China.

A CNA report revealed that Dr. Navaratnasamy Paranietharan, WHO Indonesian representative, welcomed the 285 evacuees upon their return to Jakarta after spending 14 days in quarantine on Indonesia’s Natuna island.

The evacuees composed of 238 Indonesian citizens who lived in Hubei and Indonesian officials and Batik Air crew who were involved in the evacuation process, were flown to Jakarta’s Halim Perdanakusuma airport on Saturday afternoon.

“It was very well done, everyone was healthy. And mentally as well, they were kept healthy because if you usually (confine) people it is important that they are mentally healthy as well,” said Navaratnasamy.

“They were exercising and there were other sessions to keep them together, and I think the job was done very well; kudos to the government of Indonesia. Well done,” he added.

As the country has yet to record even a single case of COVID-19, there were concerns if Indonesia was carrying out extensive checks on the disease.

Navaratnasamy noted, “As of this morning, the health research and development agency had tested 92 suspect cases. Ninety of them tested negative and that’s the same information I have.”

He added that the evacuees did not contact COVID-19 because they had not come into close proximity with someone who had the disease.

“If you ask me why the evacuees did not get the coronavirus, it’s because they did not come into close contact with somebody who already had the coronavirus. As simple as that,” he noted.

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