Jakarta (ANTARA) – Nearly all Indonesian citizens used the PeduliLindungi app to track public mobility and protect themselves from COVID-19 transmission during the pandemic.
The app, launched in March 2020, was originally created to track close contacts of people affected by COVID-19.
With a simple goal, PeduliLindungi aims to help citizens verify if they have been in direct or close contact with confirmed positive people or suspected cases.
The application, developed by the Ministry of Health together with the Ministry of Communications and Informatics, the Committee for the Management of COVID-19 and National Economic Recovery (KPCPEN) and the Ministry of State-Owned Enterprises (EPE), aims to suppress the increase in the number of COVID-19 cases.
However, the developer of PeduliLindungi continues to update this app according to the needs of the community until now, turning the app into a health documentation map.
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In the app, the public can access their COVID-19 vaccination certificates, screening functions, consultations through telemedicine, and close contact tracing through Sijejak via Bluetooth.
Public places such as shopping malls, offices, markets, places of worship and modes of transportation have been using the app to help the country curb the spread of virus transmission.
The app has been running and protecting the community for 2.5 years. Now, the application has a greater responsibility. PeduliLindungi will be used at the global event, the G20 Summit, in Bali in November.
The G20 is a forum for multilateral cooperation comprising 19 major countries and the European Union (EU). The G20 represents more than 60 percent of the world’s population, 75 percent of world trade and 80 percent of the world’s gross domestic product (GDP).
The members of the G20 are South Africa, the United States, Saudi Arabia, Argentina, Australia, Brazil, India, Indonesia, the United Kingdom, Italy, Japan, Germany, Canada, Mexico, South Korea, Russia, France, China, Turkey, and the European Union. European.
As the holder of the G20 Presidency this year, Indonesia encourages the use of PeduliLindungi to be applied by all parties participating in the event, including delegates and guests.
The app will monitor the movement of people during the event, especially to address the spread of Omicron’s BA.4 and BA.5 sub-variants.
Indonesia’s spokesperson for the G20, Siti Nadia Tarmizi, stated that the government was serious about formulating policies to save patients and people infected by COVID-19.
“A life is very precious. Although Omicron’s mortality rate is much lower, we should take it seriously,” she emphasized.
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G20 healthy and protected
While given the responsibility of overseeing the health of all parties globally at the G20 Summit, PeduliLindungi will also function as a health passport through the Electronic Health Alert Card (EHAC) feature that can display the user’s travel history.
According to the Head of the Digital Transformation Office of the Ministry of Health, Setiaji, foreign citizens, such as G20 delegates, can easily enter data related to the travel requirements established by the Indonesian government due to the assistance in adding various functions. language for users. .
PeduliLindungi continues to enhance the convenience of its users by providing 14 languages including Indonesian, English, Chinese, French, Japanese, Russian, Arabic, Korean and Spanish.
The developer also plans to add Portuguese, German, Italian, and Turkish. The addition of multiple languages will help users make use of the various features offered.
Additionally, PeduliLindungi, together with Singapore’s Vaccinated Travel Lane (VTL), will support each other in enforcing strict health protocols.
Through the expansion of the use of the language, vaccination certificates abroad can be sent, verified and accessed through the PeduliLindungi app. Previously, foreign users had to enter it on a separate site.
As a form of synchronization between PeduliLindungi and VTL to prevent positive cases from escaping surveillance, the government is urging delegates to scan the QR code at the event.
It is mandatory to scan the QR code to prove that delegates have received a full dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. Every development in the app is guaranteed to follow a circular issued by the COVID-19 Handling Task Force.
If the G20 participants have not verified their data in the app, officials from the port health office (KKP) at the airports will enter their data.
QR codes can be found everywhere at G20 events, such as hotels, public spaces or tourist attractions visited by delegates.
During the implementation, the use of the application is also intended for all participants of the non-VVIP group of the G20.
The data of the delegates is guaranteed to be safe from any leak since the application has registered as an Electronic Public System Operator, which by registering demonstrates that the application has complied with the data security requirements.
The app uses a protected National Data Center, applies layered security, and is regularly monitored by the National Cyber and Crypto Agency.
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Discipline to implement health protocols
Regarding the health protocols implemented during the G20, the Ministry of Health ensures that the delegates of the G20 summit will receive health services of the highest level.
However, delegates are expected to comply with the rules by taking the full dose of vaccination and checking their body temperature and symptoms of COVID-19 at the airport.
“Delegates are also expected to have medical or travel insurance that guarantees treatment in hospitals, including COVID-19,” said Indonesian Deputy Health Minister Dante Saksono Harbuwono.
He stressed that the guests of VVIP must take the RT-PCR test 1×24 hours before the activity, while the other delegates will be provided with an antigen test on the premises.
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In addition to the PeduliLindungi app, the Indonesian government will also provide mini ICUs, clinics, and mobile doctors, such as cardiologists, internists, anesthesiologists, general practitioners, and ICU nurses.
The Ministry of Health also provides at least two advanced high-roof, long-chassis ambulances with emergency equipment, mobile ventilators, bedside monitors, defibrillators/AEDs, syringe pumps, infusion pumps, oxygen tubing, and emergency medications.
PeduliLindungi has gone to great lengths to urge people to abide by health protocols, even for foreign visitors such as G20 delegates. Therefore, it is the turn of Indonesians to strengthen their efforts to protect others by complying with policies related to COVID-19.
Indonesia’s presidency in the G20 is a push to show the world that the country is not only safe and comfortable for people to live with COVID-19, but also a nation that is the most disciplined in implementing health protocols. .
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