“Indonesia’s geographical and demographic position face the potential biothreats and terrorism in chemical weapons. It can threaten the national health security affecting both the economy and environmental aspects, “said TNI Major General Dr. dr. Tugas Ratmono, Sp.S (Head of Army Health Center).
In the INSBIOMM international conference held by UNAIR on August 28, Dr. Tugas said that there is a need for health coordination, collaboration, and integration from the government, community, business sector and military support. Such collaborative strategies will make it easier for countries to solve the problem of disease transmission to millions of people around the world.
“As part of the national health system, the Indonesian military’s health center has a role in managing biothreat and embracing various elements of health institutions in Indonesia,” he said.
Dr. Tugas also said that several strategies must be done by various parties including improving the ability of human resources in handling the case. Second, developing a biothreat organization in the field health unit. Third, developing bio-vaccines and BSL-3 and finally fulfilling health support facilities.
“These four things are strategies in preparing Indonesia and world’s health security. Of course, it will also support the minister of health in managing biothreat, ” he concluded.
The international conference was officially closed on August 28. The activity received many positive responses from military figures and academics from various countries. The meeting is expected to be the beginning of a plan developed by the UNAIR Institute for Tropical Diseases (ITD) in the future.
Source : news.unair.ac.id, Author : Khefti Al Mawalia (PIH Unair)