Jakarta, IDN Times – Epidemiology expert from the Faculty of Public Health, University of Indonesia (UI) Dr. Pandu Riono responded to an increase in cases of the corona virus or COVID-19 in traditional markets.
According to Pandu, the existence of cases in traditional markets should have been expected from the start. Because, the first pandemic case occurred in the largest wet market in the city of Wuhan, China.
It should be used as a benchmark first, to anticipate the spread of corona virus cases in Indonesia.
“So we know from history from the beginning of a pandemic, because from the beginning we were confused or didn’t want to learn, so we ignored the market, even though we should arrange it,” said Pandu in the Fun Chat program by IDN Times with the heading 100 Days of the Global Pandemic Workshop-Covering COVID-19, which aired online, Saturday (6/20).
1. An increase in corona virus cases is the effect of interactions on the market
Pandu also said an increase in the number of COVID-19 cases found in traditional markets, as a result of interactions that could potentially cause transmission.
He said, traditional markets should be better organized by promoting clean and healthy concepts.
“From the beginning, we saw the footsteps of my talk, the traditional market must be arranged because it could be a potential cluster,” said Pandu.
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2. Throw responsibility
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According to Pandu, the current situation is also due to coordination and handling, as well as attention to traditional markets that are fairly slow.
He also said that it is not uncommon for policy makers to throw each other hands, to handle and manage traditional markets in the midst of a pandemic.
“The ministry said it was not their responsibility, it was the responsibility of the regional government, the regional government finally said it was the responsibility of the local government, the camat. All the tosses, even though it had to be really serious it had to be arranged,” he said.
3. Structuring the circulation up to the flow of interaction between traders and buyers
Therefore, Pandu suggested that traditional markets can be arranged by paying attention to several things. One of them is by regulating air circulation, so that market conditions are not stuffy.
In addition, he suggested, the flow of buyers and traders must also be regulated so that their interactions continue to maintain distance in traditional markets.
Pandu is also promoting the movement to wear masks that he will do in traditional markets. Because he felt, the advice of experts was not taken seriously.
4. Handling policies in the market must be systematic and planned
According to Pandu, it is better to have a systematic and well-planned handling so as not to backfire on the activities and traders in the market. Because before, the attention to traders was minimal and was not involved in decision making.
“It’s just a loss, and then the interventions overlap, there is a market that closes and then does rapid test, “he said.
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