BNPB readies 2 million masks to support Papua PON

BNPB readies 2 million masks to support Papua PON

Deputy for planning at the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB), Prasinta Dewi. (ANTARA/Devi Nindy)

Jakarta (ANTARA) - The National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) said it has prepared two million masks which will be distributed in four areas during the XX/2021 PON National Games in Papua to raise awareness on health protocols.

The agency will distribute the masks in Jayapura City, Jayapura District, Mimika District, and Merauke District to educate the public about the implementation of the health protocols amid the COVID-19 pandemic, an official said.

"There are two million masks in stock in the four XX PON implementation areas. We will work together with 500 COVID-19 task force volunteers who will work in teams and shifts throughout the match," deputy for planning at the BNPB, Prasinta Dewi, informed at the 'Preparation of the Health Protocols for Papua PON XX' talk, accessed online here on Wednesday.

The BNPB will focus on the community around the PON venues and educate them on clean and healthy living behavior during the 'Adaptation to New Habit Period' in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, she said.

"Those who will watch (the PON match) are the target," she added.

Dewi said the procedure for spectators who will be allowed to attend the sporting venues has been formulated by the Indonesian National Sports Committee (KONI).

The committee has set requirements for visitors as well as the capacity of people at the venues during the sports event, she noted.

The BNPB COVID-19 task force plans to send five PCR test units during the event, she informed.

However, she said, BNPB is still coordinating with the Ministry of Health and the local Health Office because Merauke District does not have an adequate laboratory yet.

The PON National Games will be held in Jayapura City and the districts of Jayapura, Mimika, and Merauke from October 2-15, 2021.

At least 6,400 athletes and 3,500 officials from 34 provinces across Indonesia are expected to participate in Papua's PON National Games that will feature 37 events.

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