An Indonesia Foreign Ministry official has confirmed that the ministry received information from Singapore authorities regarding dealing with Indonesian citizens being treated for Covid-19 in the city-state. Saying that authorities at home had started teaching the Patient’s close contacts.
On Saturday (March 14) the director-general, Achmad Yurianto, of the Ministry of Health’s Disease Control and Prevention said. We received this notification from the Foreign Ministry. We have begun tracking.”
However, a spokesman for the Foreign Ministry said on Sunday that the Standard protocol implemented around the world was that information sharing should be done trough inter-ministerial communications. Communication Disease in each country through the Ministry of Public Health in charge of among the officials in charge of dealing with it.
”This is the same information that is being shared with the ”Ministry of Health through the Ministry of Health,” said the ministry’s spokesman, Teuku Faizasyah.
The Indonesian government has claimed that Singapore has called for the stopping of personal information of several Indonesian citizens who are believed to show signs of COVID 19 in Jakarta and positive experiences of the virus in the city-state.
At least eight people with Covid-19 in Singapore are believed to have contracted the virus in Indonesia, two of whom are Singaporean citizens with a history of travel to the archipelago.
In a separate statement on Friday, a spokesman for the Singaporean Health Ministry said, ”Singapore and Indonesia are state parties to the World Health Organisation International Health Regulations (IHR)”, and that ”Singapore has promptly shared information with Indonesia through the official IHR channel on all the confirmed Covid-19 cases involving Indonesians, to facilitate contact tracing in Indonesia”.
”The Indonesian IHR national focal point (NFP), who is an official from the Indonesian Health Ministry, has acknowledged receipt of all correspondences on these cases sent by Singapore’s IHR NFP,” the spokesman added.