Jakarta: Foreign Affairs Minister Retno Marsudi officially launched Indonesia's chairmanship of the Foreign Policy and Global Health (FPGH) Initiative for 2020 here on Tuesday, January 28, 2020.
According to the minister, the outbreak of the 2019 Novel Coronavirus highlights the direct link between global health and foreign policy.
While the outbreak serves as a reminder that every country must be ready to detect, manage outbreaks and establish measures to protect their people, it is critical that countries, organisations, and international communityc can act as one.
"Foreign policy can serve as a powerful tool to mobilize countries as one, regions as one, the world as one, in scaling-up our ability to prepare and respond as one," the minister said on her official twitter account this afternoon.
Under Indonesia’s chairmanship, FPGH will continue to voice the need for international collaboration in addressing global health challenges faced by countries and in developing affordable health care systems for all.
The Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) was first seen in the city of Wuhan in China. This latest type of coronavirus has killed 106 people and infected more than 4,000 people.
According to the latest data submitted by the Foreign Ministry, there are currently 100 Indonesian citizens in Wuhan.