Public health prioritized to revive pandemic-hit economy: Ministry

Public health prioritized to revive pandemic-hit economy: Ministry

An advisor on health economics of the Health Ministry Dr H Mohamad Subuh. ANTARA/Katriana/sh

The health issue is still the main priority.
Jakarta (ANTARA) - The government has concentrated on public health as a response to handle the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, as it would be the most apposite means to expedite economic recovery, according to the Health Ministry.

"The health issue is still the main priority," an advisor on health economics of the ministry Dr H Mohamad Subuh stated during a virtual dialogue on vaccination here on Tuesday.

The COVID-19 pandemic has burdened the public on all fronts, not only in the area of health but also economy, security, and social affairs, he noted.

Subuh believes that the effort to prevent the spread of COVID-19 among members of the public should be followed by suitable measures to drive economic recovery.

The advisor noted that the government's investment in the health sector would cut the chain of transmission of COVID-19 and concurrently boost the economy.

"With healthy individuals, families, and communities, productivity will increase and followed by an increase in individual as well as state income," he stated.

Subuh reiterated that the decision to focus on the health sector is the right and most efficient move to recover the economy amid the constraints of resources.
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