Jakarta (ANTARA) - Post-pandemic life adaptation needs to be supported by adequate knowledge of health and healthy lifestyles, Deputy Speaker of the People's Consultative Assembly (MPR) Lestari Moerdijat has said.

To this end, it is important for the government to provide education on healthy lifestyles to the people so that they can continue to protect themselves and those around them from diseases.

"People's understanding regarding efforts to maintain body immunity by continuing to maintain cleanliness and healthy lifestyle needs to be continuously improved in the post-pandemic adaptation process," she said in a written statement released here on Friday.

Currently, people's interest in health content on the Internet is quite high, as shown by the result of the 2023 Internet Penetration and Behaviors Survey carried out by the Indonesian Internet Service Providers Association (APJII), Moerdijat noted.

APJII's survey showed that health-related content was most searched on the Internet, with around 36.96 percent of the total 8,510 respondents looking it up.

The survey was carried out from January 10 to 27, 2023, and had a margin of error of 1.14 percent and a confidence level of 95 percent.

In response to the survey, Moerdijat said that the growing public interest in health content needs to be utilized by the government to intensively carry out the dissemination of health information.

"Amid the spread of various diseases in this globalization era, the trend of increasing public interest in health topics is very encouraging," she added.

She further said that health content must be made informative and easy to digest to reach people of all age groups.

Earlier, President Joko Widodo had decided that Indonesia will soon enter the COVID-19 endemic stage by taking into account the declining daily cases and active cases of COVID-19 and the wide coverage of COVID-19 vaccination.

"We have decided to enter the endemic (phase), but regarding when it will be announced, (it is) being finalized, (and it may be) in one week, two weeks," he informed after opening the 2023 National Working Meeting on Government Internal Supervision in Jakarta on Wednesday (June 14).

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