The Tight Health Protocols Keep Running in the Plantations

The Tight Health Protocols Keep Running in the Plantations

InfoSAWIT, JAKARTA – The stakeholders should always be in discipline to obey the health protocols to prevent the Covid-19 spread. Though the vaccine is now available, Covid-19 would last for about five years to go. dr. Pandu Riono, MPH, Ph.D., the epidemiologist of University of Indonesia (UI) told that in the virtual discussion, Tuesday (29/9/2020).

“Besides the discipline in the health protocol, the stakeholders should identify the high risks of Covid-19 spread in modern management in their own plantations. The highest risks to spread the Covid-19 are the contact with other and set of people. If the company could tightly manage the contact with other people within health protocol and modern management, I believed that everyone would be free from the virus,” he said in the 10th session of Ngobrol Bareng GAPKI within the theme “Kiat-kiat Pencegahan dan Penanggulangan Covid-19 di Perkebunan Sawit”.

The other speakers in the virtual discussion, moderated by Mukti Sardjono as the Executive Director of Indonesian Palm Oil Association (IPOA), were Eko P. Wibisono, of EVP Human Capital & HO Support, PT Astra Agro Lestari Tbk.; and Antons Asmara as Director of Mill, PT Hindoli, the subsidiary of Cargill.

Pandu also reminded that the spread of Covid019 is high when the people gather and the contact with other people is not well managed. These are serious issues. It means that only those who may concern would be allowed.

“If it is necessary, it needs to implement micro scale social distancing in the plantations. Every worker should be identified who could be the high risk. It means, those who would be involved in or entering the crowded should be well managed, such as in the markets, religious places, and food stores. The spots are not controlled by the company. In general the people within high risk could be 5 to 10 percent of the total workers. These could be main priorities to prevent the spread of Covid-19,” he said, as in the official statement to InfoSAWIT.

Chairman of IPOA, Joko Supriyono also reminded the stakeholders to obey the health protocols to avoid the Covid-19.

“Until now the palm oil plantations keep operating because of the discipline to the health protocols. We should always do these to avoid the spread of Covid-19. If we are infected, there would be big risks to the productivity of the company, the workers, and their family,” he said. (T2)


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