TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - The Indonesian government said that they have had intensive coordination with the pharmaceutical industry to ensure the availability of medicines during the Covid-19 pandemic. Engko Sosialine Magdalene, director general of pharmaceuticals and medical devices at the Health Ministry, said that most of the medicines needed have been produced by local pharmaceutical companies.
Engko said that the materials to make the medicines have been available in Indonesia since early April 2020.
"As of September 21, 2020, Covid-19 drugs have been distributed to 34 provincial health offices and 746 hospitals," Engko said in the ministry's press release on Wednesday, September 23.
Engko said that the Health Ministry recorded a significant increase in the number of personal protective equipment manufacturers from February to September 21, 2020.
The number of mask manufacturers soared by more than 700 percent from 26 to 210. Meanwhile, PPE producers rose 4,742 percent from just seven to 339 industries. Surgical glove manufacturers increased 221 percent from 14 to 45, and Covid-19 rapid test kit manufacturers increased 1,700 percent from zero to 17.
The government also noted an increase in ventilator manufacturers by 228 percent, from seven producers to 23.