Jakarta: House of Representatives Speaker Puan Maharani called on the public on Thursday, March 19, 2020 to help assuage the burden of paramedical workers in containing the covid-19 outbreak in the country through self-reliant prevention against the disease.
Puan lauded the doctors and expressed gratitude to them and other medical workers for staying at the forefront in the battle against the covid-19 outbreak
"Hence, I appeal to the public to help alleviate their burden by taking preventive steps on a self-reliant basis," she added.
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Puan called on the public to always comply with the government's advice that encompasses washing hands with soap; keeping themselves, their families, and the environment clean; consuming nutritious and healthy foods; taking additional vitamins; and exercising regularly.
"I also call on the public to take a positive stand, work hand-in-hand, and offer mutual help to contain this pandemic since cooperation and mutual help from all sides, including the government, the military, the police, the public and the private sector, is deemed crucial to handle the coronavirus outbreak," she remarked.
As of Wednesday, March 18, 2020, a total of 227 patients had tested positive for covid-19 across Indonesia, Achmad Yurianto, the government’s spokesman for the handling of covid-19, stated.