COVID-19: Jokowi forms fast-response team to contain virus

first_imgThe fast-response team is also responsible for handling the surveillance and isolation of suspected COVID-19 patients and coordinating with relevant stakeholders to ensure effective containment measures to curb possible wider contagion, including at the country’s entry points.The establishment of the fast-response team was mandated by Presidential Instruction (Inpres) No. 4/2019 on the improvement of the capability to prevent, detect and respond to plague, global pandemics and nuclear, biological and chemical security.As of Friday, coronavirus cases in Indonesia have jumped to 69. Four patients have died in isolation treatment. (gis)Topics : President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has formed a fast-response team led by National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) head Doni Monardo to handle efforts to prevent wider contagion of the fast-spreading coronavirus disease (COVID-19).Under the coordination of the BNPB, the Health Ministry, the Indonesian Military (TNI) and the National Police, the team was tasked with spearheading measures to trace the movement of COVID-19 patients and those who had come in contact with them.”We know that this virus spreads rapidly. Thus we should carry out prevention and mitigation efforts simultaneously,” Jokowi said on Friday. “The government has and will continue to carry out contact tracing in this case.”last_img read more

Dow surges most since 2008 on hopes for stimulus

first_imgThe Stoxx Europe 600 Index also surged, led by insurers and industrial companies, even as data began to show the extent of economic damage to the region from the coronavirus pandemic. Benchmarks across Asia jumped, with Korea’s index soaring almost 9% after the government announced measures to stabilize markets.The dollar slumped against developed and emerging currencies alike, in a tentative sign of reduced stress after the greenback’s steepest appreciation since the global financial crisis and longest winning streak since 2012. European bonds tracked Treasuries lower.About $26 trillion has evaporated from equity markets since mid-February, and investors have been left sifting the wreckage and weigh the chances of a lasting rebound. On the one hand, Wall Street has begun to argue that liquidations are nearing an end with real-money investors like pension funds ready to step in, and there are signs of improvement in some of world’s regions that were hardest-hit by the virus. On the other, the number of infections globally continues to accelerate and many of the largest economies are grinding to a halt.Tuesday’s gain in risk assets follows an unprecedented move by the Federal Reserve to backstop large swaths of the financial system. Still, key gauges of US manufacturing and services in March fell the most on record, suggesting the deep toll the pandemic has already taken.“Sentiment has improved, but to call it a turning point is too strong a word for now,” said James McCormick, global head of desk strategy at NatWest Markets. “It is more of a tug-of-war. Policy bazooka is in place, but will be fighting against very weak data and still worrying trends on Covid-19 data. We are more neutral on risk assets now.”Elsewhere, emerging-market stocks jumped alongside their currencies. Gold extended recent a recent surge and industrial metals rallied.Topics : US stocks rallied, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average up as much as 9.9 percent for the first time since 2008, as investors rediscovered some appetite for risk with Congress looking close to an unprecedented spending bill to prop up the slumping economy. The dollar halted a 10-day rally.The S&P 500 rebounded from the lowest level since 2016, poised to notch a third straight Tuesday turnaround after starting the week with a rout. Senators are negotiating the final sticking points in a roughly $2 trillion stimulus bill to help the US economy get through the coronavirus pandemic, and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said she was hopeful a deal could be reached today.“Any sign of positive news coming out of Washington or the different sides coming together creates a bit of positive sentiment across markets,” said Peter Essele, head of portfolio management for Commonwealth Financial Network.last_img read more

Governor Wolf Urges Pennsylvania’s Congressional Delegation to Fund Comprehensive Opioid Abuse Reduction Act

first_img May 20, 2016 Governor Wolf Urges Pennsylvania’s Congressional Delegation to Fund Comprehensive Opioid Abuse Reduction Act Press Release,  Substance Use Disorder Harrisburg, PA – Yesterday, Governor Wolf sent a letter to Pennsylvania’s congressional delegation urging them to fund the comprehensive Opioid Abuse and Reduction Act of 2016. The text of the letter is below and can also be viewed here.Dear Congressman/Senator –The magnitude of the addiction and overdose death epidemic in Pennsylvania is shocking: at least seven Pennsylvanians die every day from a drug overdose. With nearly 2,500 overdose deaths in Pennsylvania in 2014 and estimates that the 2015 total will be higher, a collaborative effort on the federal, state, and local levels is crucial in combating this crisis.I have been holding roundtable discussions throughout Pennsylvania in order to listen to local and state officials about the challenges that they are facing, as well as discuss the initiatives of the administration, the state legislature, county agencies, treatment centers, hospitals, and medical schools. These roundtables are an opportunity to work collaboratively with the General Assembly and community leaders to ensure Pennsylvania leads the nation in the fight to combat the opioid abuse and heroin use crisis.Last week, I was encouraged by the passage of a package of bills in the United States House of Representatives that would help to combat the opioid and heroin crisis in the United States. After meeting with local leaders and families throughout Pennsylvania who have been personally affected by this epidemic, I understand how crucial federal, state, and local resources are to combating this epidemic. I am respectfully requesting that you vote to fund Comprehensive Opioid Abuse Reduction Act of 2016 (H.R. 5046) in order to provide addicted individuals and their families with the resources they so desperately need.My administration has taken several actions to fight the heroin and opioid crisis including: signing a statewide standing order for naloxone, making it possible for all Pennsylvanians to access this life-saving drug; equipping the Pennsylvania State Police with naloxone so that those troopers who are first on the scene of an overdose can have another tool on-hand during these emergencies; partnering with Adapt Pharma to make Narcan available to public high schools across the state at no cost; developing the ABC-MAP prescription drug monitoring program to detect and prevent prescription fraud and abuse, which contribute to addiction; and appointing a director for the state’s Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP) Office, who will work to ensure that the PDMP meets its goal of assisting healthcare professionals in identifying patients that would benefit from treatment.In an effort to curtail drug addiction and curb the supply of excess drugs that can be used illicitly, the Department of Health is leading an effort to build upon the opioid prescribing guidelines already created, including specific guidelines for emergency department providers, dentists, obstetricians and gynecologists, and pharmacists. These guidelines give healthcare providers direction for safe and effective pain relief practices, with greater emphasis on non-opioid therapies and greater caution to prevent addiction and diversion. In addition, the DOH recently joined dozens of healthcare organizations, medical experts, and consumer advocacy groups in signing petitions requesting changes to federal pain management requirements that are believed to foster dangerous prescribing practices.The Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs has led a statewide initiative to get naloxone into the hands of municipal police departments. To date, more than 320 municipal police departments are equipped with naloxone, and those departments have reversed more than 900 overdoses as a result of that effort. DDAP also has developed a “warm hand-off” policy, mandating county-level drug and alcohol administrators to create processes whereby overdose survivors are taken directly from the emergency department to a licensed drug treatment provider. In some areas of the commonwealth, early reports indicate as many as 50 percent to 70 percent of overdose survivors are getting into treatment immediately through this process. Under DDAP’s leadership, Pennsylvania’s Prescription Drug Take-Back Program is helping communities properly dispose of unused and unwanted prescriptions. To date, there are nearly 450 take-back boxes located at police stations across Pennsylvania. In 2015, more than 56,000 pounds of prescription drugs were taken back and destroyed.Furthermore, the expansion of Medicaid eligibility in Pennsylvania under the Affordable Care Act has greatly increased access to treatment services for hundreds of thousands of Pennsylvanians.Finally, my proposed 2016-17 budget provides more than $34 million to treat 11,250 new individuals with substance use disorder. The Department of Human Services will provide 50 new Opioid Use Disorder Centers of Excellence for individuals with substance use disorder, providing medication-assisted treatment and appropriate wraparound services, such as cognitive-based therapies.The funding of the Comprehensive Opioid Abuse Reduction Act would be instrumental to adding to state and local efforts to combat the heroin and opioid crisis. Please keep in mind the needs of the millions of Pennsylvanians who are personally affected by this as you consider funding the Comprehensive Opioid Abuse Reduction Act of 2016.Sincerely,Governor Tom Wolf# # #Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolfcenter_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more