TNI Commander Marshal Hadi Tjahjanto and National Police Chief General Listyo Sigit Prabowo chaired a meeting of the Regional Leadership Communication Forum (Forkopimda) of Aceh Province, regarding the evaluation of the handling of the Covid-19 Pandemic on Tuesday (2/11/2021).
In his briefing, the National Police Chief highlighted the province of Aceh which is still relatively low in terms of vaccination achievement. Tanah Rencong ranks 33 for vaccination achievements on a national scale.
The National Police Chief emphasized that to accelerate the acceleration of vaccination, all elements from the TNI, Polri, Regional Government, religious leaders, community leaders and traditional leaders in Nangroe Aceh Darussalam must unite and work hand in hand to implement a vaccination acceleration strategy.
“We together with the TNI Commander came directly to have a dialogue with all Forkompinda, traditional institutions in Aceh, Forkopimda at the regional level and all existing stakeholders. Both from figures from religious leaders. We discussed to find the best way how we can increase the acceleration of vaccination acceleration in the Aceh region,” said the National Police Chief in his directive.
According to the former Banten Police Chief, the key to accelerating vaccination is the realization of synergy and solidity between the TNI, Polri and local governments, and all elements of society.
The National Police Chief also provided input, to accelerate vaccination, including implementing a target system and collaborating with adjacent areas or agglomerations.
“Do vaccinations with a targeting system and cooperation between adjacent regions or agglomerations. So that it can increase the achievement of vaccination quickly. District/City Forkopimda must be united in implementing accelerated vaccinations,” said the former Police Chief of Criminal Investigation Unit.
The National Police Chief explained, specifically in Banda Aceh, the achievement of the first dose of vaccine has reached 80 percent. That’s pretty good. However, the National Police Chief said that other areas of Aceh were still relatively low.
So, said the National Police Chief, if averaged on a national scale, Aceh is only at 31 percent. Meanwhile, some provinces are already at 50 percent and some are already at 100 percent, such as DKI Jakarta, Bali, Riau Islands, and DIY.
“Obviously this gap must be pursued. Because in some areas of Indonesia, the first dose, such as DKI Jakarta, Yogya, Riau Islands and Bali, has reached 100 percent,” said the National Police Chief.
With the synergy and solidity of all stakeholders in Aceh, the National Police Chief is optimistic that in the future the target of Indonesian President Joko Widodo (Jokowi), to achieve vaccination of 70 percent can be realized soon.
“So the President’s target in November is to reach 60 percent and by the end of December it can reach 70 percent,” said the National Police Chief.
More deeply, the National Police Chief revealed, the key to dealing with the Covid-19 pandemic is to carry out a combination strategy. Namely, carrying out vaccinations to the maximum, maintaining and always implementing health protocols (prokes) and treating people who are positive for the corona virus, so that they can be saved properly.
“This is a combination that must continue to be implemented. Because indeed with this hard work, Alhamdulillah, Indonesia is ranked first for our ability to control the rate of Covid-19 in Southeast Asia. So I think this must be maintained, of course, by accelerating vaccinations,” said the National Police Chief.
On the other hand, the National Police Chief also embraced religious leaders and traditional leaders together against false information or hoaxes about vaccines, which caused some people to still feel afraid to be injected with vaccines.
“For those who have not been vaccinated and are still afraid of hoaxes. Previously, it was stated by the figures that it was certainly not true. So how to raise the enthusiasm of the community to be vaccinated is very important. And this requires hard work, cooperation from all fellow stakeholders, including media partners to help disseminate it,” said the National Police Chief.
Furthermore, with the acceleration of vaccinations and the implementation of health procedures, Sigit said, Indonesia will be able to anticipate the potential for a spike in Covid-19 at the end of the year, which will include Christmas 2021 and 2022 celebrations.
“Indonesia can maintain its control regarding Covid-19, especially facing the end of the year. Because usually there will be a spike. We must maintain this with a strong process and a faster vaccine. Thus the rate of Covid-19 can be controlled and economic growth is expected to increase,” said the National Police Chief.
In addition to chairing the Forkopimda meeting, the TNI Commander and the National Police Chief also directly observed the vaccination attack which was held at the Banda Aceh Convention Hall (BACH), and was attended simultaneously in 23 regencies/cities throughout Aceh Province.