Indonesia to Discuss with WHO about Declare Endemic Status
VIVA – The Indonesian Health Minister, Budi Gunadi Sadikin, stated that he plans to meet the Director General of the World Health Organization (WHO), Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus in May this year. This meeting will discuss about change status of COVID-19 in Indonesia from the pandemic to the endemic.
"I want to meet personally with the head of the WHO in May to discuss if we do it (change the status) is it right or proper or (to discuss) what is the right way, how is the right timing," the Minister said during a visit to the Cempaka 3 Integrated Health Post (posyandu) in Cempaka Putih here on Wednesday.
Minister Sadikin also told that WHO already let the world’s countries declare endemic status. However, the country must coordinate with other countries.
Therefore, Minister Sadikin will synergize with WHO to declare endemic status like Japan and the United States. Both countries will change the pandemic status to endemic in their respective countries.
"WHO (said) it was returned to each government. However, the WHO gave a note, on if it could be harmonized with other countries. So, there are already two countries that plan to change from pandemic status to endemic, namely Japan and the United States. The estimate is around May or June," the minister explained.
Earlier, a spokesperson for the Ministry of Health, Mohammad Syahril, had said that the imposition of the endemic status in Indonesia still awaits the decision of the WHO and President Joko Widodo.