COVID-19 pandemic exposes problems in our health care, Jokowi says

first_imgPresident Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has said that the COVID-19 pandemic has exposed problems in the country’s health care, including its pharmaceutical ingredients and medical equipment.”The pandemic has allowed us to see potential resources that we have not yet managed and developed well,” Jokowi said in his opening remarks in a virtual speech at the National Development Planning Conference on Thursday.”For example, 95 percent of raw materials for the pharmaceutical manufacturing industry are still imported. [We are seeing] what medical equipment we manufacture domestically and what we import. We can see everything now,” he added. Jokowi said Indonesia was dealing with several infectious diseases that required special treatment, such as tuberculosis.”We’re among the top three countries with the largest number of tuberculosis cases after India and China. Do we have the [proper] facilities and beds at the hospitals?” he said.Read also: COVID-19 exposes flaws in Indonesia’s health insurance programIndonesia’s ratio of hospital beds per 1,000 people was lower than many other countries, the President explained. “We only have 1.2 beds per 1,000 residents, far behind other countries such as India with 2.7 beds per 1,000 residents, China with 4.3 beds per 1,000 people and Japan with the highest number of hospital beds per 1,000 people at 13,” he said. “What about the labs, its equipment and its manpower? Or the ratio of health workers, doctors, specialists, nurses? We need to calculate everything.”The COVID-19 pandemic had also shed light on the importance of health security, Jokowi said.”We’ve now seen the importance of health security for the future. […] We’re facing extraordinary challenges because, of all 213 countries, there is no country in the world that is really ready [to face the pandemic],” he said.”I believe with strong cooperation between the central and regional governments we can mitigate the impacts of this global pandemic. Vulnerable groups could be well protected and we could navigate this storm safely.”Topics :last_img read more

Indonesia, Colombia ink visa waiver agreement to boost tourism after pandemic

first_imgIndonesia and Colombia have expressed commitment to enhance bilateral ties as the two countries’ representatives inked a visa exemption agreement for regular passport holders in an effort to improve the tourism sector after the coronavirus pandemic.Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi signed the agreement with her Colombian counterpart Claudia Blum de Barberi during their first virtual meeting on Wednesday, which was held to commemorate the 40th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the two countries, which will fall on Sept. 15.“The visa-free agreement signed [on Wednesday] is expected to increase the number of tourists when the COVID-19 pandemic ends,” the Indonesian Foreign Ministry said in a press statement on Thursday. According to the ministry’s data, a total of 6,304 Colombian citizens visited Indonesia last year, an increase of 15.7 percent from 2008.Besides the agreement, Retno and Barberi also signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on political consultation between the two countries’ foreign ministers.The signing of the MoU complemented the Joint Commission Session, first held in Colombia’s capital of Bogota in 2013. The ministers agreed on holding a Joint Political Consultation and Commission this year.Read also: Indonesia, Colombia seek increased trade connectivity Both foreign ministers also agreed to increase trade and investment between Indonesia and Colombia as part of cooperation for post-pandemic economic recovery.Colombia was Indonesia’s sixth-largest trading partner and second-largest investment partner in South America last year.The two countries’ trade volume stood at US$152.8 million in 2019, according to the ministry. However, the number was still considered low when compared to other countries in the region.Connectivity has served as a hindrance for the two nations to intensify economic interactions, but the repatriation of about 366 Colombian citizens from at least 19 countries on a special Garuda flight from Jakarta in May — the first direct flight made by an Indonesian airline to Colombia — has boosted optimism for improvement.“I would like to express my gratitude for our cooperation in the repatriation of Colombian citizens from various Asian countries via the humanitarian flight,” Barberi said as quoted in the statement.During the meeting, Retno and Barberi also discussed several efforts to further enhance regional and global cooperation.Indonesia has requested Colombia’s support to become an associate member in the Pacific Alliance and Colombia asked for Indonesia’s support to accede to the ASEAN Treaty of Amity and Cooperation (TAC) and establish a closer cooperative relationship with the 10-member Southeast Asian grouping, the ministry said.Topics :last_img read more

Tottenham’s Moussa Sissoko names Arsenal legend Patrick Vieira as his sporting hero

first_imgAdvertisement Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 17 Aug 2019 10:30 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link119Shares Comment Advertisementcenter_img Tottenham’s Moussa Sissoko names Arsenal legend Patrick Vieira as his sporting hero Moussa Sissoko idolised an Arsenal legend (Picture: Getty Images)Tottenham midfielder Moussa Sissoko has risked the wrath of fans by naming Arsenal legend Patrick Vieira as his sporting hero.The 30-year-old has become an integral part of Tottenham’s midfield under Mauricio Pochettino, making 44 appearances in all competitions last season as Spurs made it to the Champions League final.The France international played the full 90 minutes in the Premier League opener last weekend as Spurs bounced back from a goal down to beat Aston Villa 3-1.However, he may have just written his name into the bad books of Spurs fans by admitting that Vieira was the player he looked up to most growing up.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘I don’t want to have any problems if I say his name, but it was Vieira!’ Sissoko told talkSPORT, when asked about his childhood hero‘We play in the same position, he is tall like me, playing in the France national team like I am now.‘So I was following him and tried to be like him when I was younger.’Vieira, now in charge of Ligue 1 side Nice, made over 400 appearances for the Gunners from 1996-2005 before leaving for Juventus.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityTotttenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has been delighted with the form of Sissoko and explained how he has become so important to his side ahead of the Premier League clash with Manchester City on Saturday.‘We started to lose a little bit of energy in the past and he started to provide this energy,’ said Pochettino.‘He started to improve and be clever in the way to play.‘To learn and to understand what we expect from him exactly and that was the key for him to start to be more consistent amd be in the starting 11 and be an important player for the team.‘He is a good professional, a very nice guy, he’s so big, but at the same time he is so funny.’MORE: Jan Vertonghen ‘fuming’ with Mauricio Pochettino after being dropped for Tottenham vs Aston VillaMORE: Christian Eriksen told Man Utd boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer he had his heart set on a move to Spainlast_img read more

Pirates Fire Upon LPG Tanker off Congo

first_imgA group of armed pirates attacked an LPG tanker carrying out bunkering operations on October 29, around 101 nautical miles West of Pointe Noire, the Republic of the Congo. IMB Piracy Reporting Centre said that pirates in a speed boat chased and fired upon the LPG tanker causing the ship to trigger emergency bunker stop procedure and cast off.The master employed evasive manoeuvres and increased speed, managing to escape the pirates.All crew members are reported to be safe.The attack is being reported two days after 11 crew members of MV Pomerenia Sky, a containership operated by Germany’s Peter Dohle Schiffahrts, were kidnapped off Nigeria.Midocean (IOM) Ltd informed that nine crew members remained on board the containership and were unharmed, according to Reuters. The company added that the vessel proceeded to safe waters.A total of 156 incidents of piracy and armed robbery against ships were reported to the ICC International Maritime Bureau’s (IMB) Piracy Reporting Centre (PRC) in the first nine months of 2018 compared to 121 for the same period in 2017.The Gulf of Guinea accounts for 57 of the 156 reported incidents, with the majority of these incidents, 41, reported in and around Nigeria.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more