June 23, 2020, 04.57 PM
Given that the deaths of Indonesian senior citizens infected with the Covid-19 virus makeup 43.7 percent of total Covid-19-related deaths, careful attention in the new normal will be integral. KOMPAS.com/GARRY LOTULUNGGiven that the deaths of Indonesian senior citizens infected with the Covid-19 virus makeup 43.7 percent of total Covid-19-related deaths, careful attention in the new normal will be integral.

“There needs to be cooperation and support from various family members to ensure the protection of Indonesia’s senior citizens. Especially so in the new normal,” said the minister.

Ministry of Social Affairs steps in

Due to the high vulnerability that Indonesia’s senior citizens face, the Ministry of Social Affairs continues to monitor the group.

The ministry has worked on making sure that the country’s senior citizens have access to social benefit programs.

“They need to have their basic needs met to safeguard their health and thus, shield them from the dangers of the Covid-19 virus,” said Ministry of Social Affairs’ Social Rehabilitation Director-General Harry Hikmat.

Over 6,486 packages of basic goods (sembako) have been distributed among the country’s elderly in the provinces of Banten, West Java, Central Java, East Java, and the Jogjakarta Special Region.

Each package is valued at Rp 300,000 and consists of rice, canned biscuits, juice, and instant noodles.

Indonesia’s senior citizens who have not received assistance through the Ministry of Social Affairs' Social Rehabilitation for the Elderly Program were prioritized in receiving the packages.

Other methods to aid Indonesia’s senior citizens include adjusting the 2020 budget of the  ministry’s Directorate of Social Rehabilitation division. 

(Writer: Sania Mashabi | Editor: Bayu Galih) 

Source: https://nasional.kompas.com/read/2020/06/22/17040011/menteri-pppa-perlu-perhatian-khusus-jaga-lansia-sehat-saat-new-normal

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