Gov’t to Intensify 3M Campaign to Curb COVID-19 Family Cluster
Date 24 September 2020
The Indonesian Government has announced its commitment to massively campaign on 3M (wearing masks, washing hands, and maintaining distance) to families, Minister of Women’s Empowerment and Child Protection I Gusti Ayu Bintang Darmawati said.
“We have to do this massively and involve institutions or women observers, including the Family Welfare Program. This is what we will do,” the Minister said when giving a press statement at the Presidential Office, Jakarta, Thursday (24/9).
The Ministry, according to Bintang, has a forum for children spread across 34 provinces, 451 regencies/municipalities, all of which are involved as pioneers and informants.
“We can invite them to disseminate the information and campaign massively on 3M. Always wear a mask, keep wearing masks, as well as keep your distance and wash your hands,” the Minister said.
In connection with the family cluster, the Minister said that there were several concerns, such as compliance with health protocols, not only when leaving the house.
On this occasion, Bintang stated that it is advisable to keep wearing masks at home especially if there are vulnerable groups in the family such as toddlers and the elderly.
According to Bintang, the Ministry will coordinate with the COVID-19 Handling Task Force to create a family health protocol to prevent COVID-19 infection inside and outside the home.
“It is expected that the family health protocol will contain the protocol for family members, infected family members, and steps that need to be taken,” she said.
According to Bintang, it is important for the family members to protect not only themselves but also others, such as avoiding offline meetings with extended families.
“In this pandemic, we have been introduced to online meetings or virtual meetings. If there is a celebration, for example, a birthday celebration, it should be held online instead of offline and so on,” she said.
The MInister called for innovation and creativity to reduce the spread of COVID-19. She also invited people to unite and work together in this difficult situation. (TGH/EN)
Translated by: Fairuzzamani Inayatillah
Reviewed by: Lulu Wuliarti