COVID-19 task force to intensify campaign for behavior change

COVID-19 task force to intensify campaign for behavior change

Doni Monardo (left) at the coordination meeting on handling COVID-19 and handover of aid with the Aceh provincial government, in Aceh on Saturday (September 26, 2020). (ANTARA/BNPB’s Disaster Communications-Danung Arifin/pri)

Jakarta (ANTARA) - Chairman of the COVID-19 Handling Task Force, Doni Monardo, has said that the campaign for changing public behavior to ensure compliance with health protocols will be intensified further.

“Regarding the direction of the President in regard to local-based intervention, in relation to efforts to change behavior, we are cooperating with all components, including volunteers, (and) all communities across the province,” he said at a press conference in Jakarta, on Monday.

Monardo said that campaigns to publicize and bring about behavior change will be carried out in all provinces, especially several priority provinces that have reported a high number of COVID-19 infections.

"In particular, the eight priority provinces (have been identified), and we have reported (them) to the President, (in addition) we will propose two more provinces, namely Bali and Aceh, because the numbers (of COVID-19 cases) in them have increased quite high, bringing the total to 10 provinces," he explained.

Monardo further said the behavior change campaign will also be publicized on public transportation, in accordance with the President's directives.

Public transportation providers will also be advised to implement health protocols on vehicles, be it trucks, public transportation, city transportation, buses, taxis, and others.

"And earlier, the chief of police, through the Cabinet Secretary, has explained that there is cooperation between the National Police Headquarters and transportation organizations to install health protocols in all public transportation," he explained. (INE)

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