Tuesday, 07 July 2020 | 00:11 WIB

Joko Widodo: Pharmaceutical SOEs Must Accelerate Covid-19 Drug Production

Joko Widodo: Pharmaceutical SOEs Must Accelerate Covid-19 Drug Production (setneg)

JAKARTA, NETRALNEWS.COM - Indonesia President Joko 'Jokowi' Widodo has ordered the State-Owned Enterprises (SOEs) of the pharmaceutical sector to increase the production of drugs that the government said are able to fight the covid-19 coronavirus.

The President said the drugs avigan and chloroquine are believed to be able to cure people infected with the coronavirus, as the drugs are based on the results of research that has been done for some time.

"I ask the pharmaceutical SOEs that produce these (drugs to cure coronavirus) to increase their production," President Jokowi said.

President Joko Widodo revealed that type of drugs in question have also been used in several countries to treat coronavirus according to doctor's prescription. Later on, one of the methods used for drug delivery will be through mobile doctors.

"The drugs will reach patients through mobile doctors from house to house, through hospitals, and health centers in the infected area," he said.

He also revealed that the government is in the process of ordering 2 million Avigan drugs and 3 million Chloroquine.

On the other hand, President Jokowi said the government had not yet found a vaccine to cure the coronavirus.

"(The vaccine) is yet to be found. What I am conveying is the drug," he concluded.