Indonesia’s COVID-19 mortality rate has increased in recent times from 2.75 in February 2021 to 2.76 in May 2021. This data should have been enough to be used as evaluation material for the government in the future. By evaluation, it might lead to the improvement through detection of some prominent factors.
“Where’s the bottleneck? We should figure this out. There should be an evaluation on the management case,” dr. Riris Andono Ahmad, M.P.H., Ph.D., said as UGM Epidemiologist.
Some factors cause this mortality rate to increase. However, without auditing the death cause, Indonesia will never find out the biggest factor contributing to the explosive death rates. For instance, the quality of health service needs some improvement.
“Where’s the bottleneck? Perhaps on the health service quality that discriminates against impoverished people. These people have likely been struggling to get a quick and responsive health service, and it made the death rate explode,” he said.
“There was also another factor. It is about a new Covid-19 variant that has a higher risk of transmission. However, this is still hypothetical. We haven’t had any idea on how this virus spread throughout the community,” Riris added.
To reduce the mortality rate, it needs collective support from both the government and the community. Government makes some evaluations while the community disciplinary implements the health protocols such as wearing a mask, washing hands using hand soap, physical distancing, avoiding the crowds, and limiting mobility.
“Still, whatever happens, the foremost thing is that people should maintain health protocols to prevent any virus of Covid mutation,” he concluded.