Jakarta The National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) will send 10,000 N95 masks to Indonesians living in the Chinese city of Wuhan due to the coronavirus outbreak.
"The masks will be sent tomorrow particularly to Indonesians studying there," BPBN Deputy Head for Logistics and Equipment, Prasinta Dewi, said in a written statement released on Tuesday.
The assistance is part of BNPB's quick response to the request from the Indonesian Embassy in Beijing in connection with the spread of the coronavirus in China, she said.
She said President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) has instructed the embassy to distribute masks to all Indonesians in China. However, the country ran short of masks.
"The condition happens to almost all regions as they run short of masks," he said.
Meanwhile, BNPB Chief, Doni Monardo, appealed to the ranks and files of the agency to carry out activities stipulated in Law No. 24/2007 on non-natural disasters and Presidential Instruction No. 4 of 2019.
The measure is aimed at ensuring that the assistance will soon reach Indonesians in China without having to wait for a state of emergency.
"BNPB must be able to prepare itself since it has been mandated by the law. I ask (BNPB personnel) not to wait for a state of emergency," he said.
Source: Antara News