Jakarta, CNBC Indonesia – Minister of Health Budi Gunadi Sadikin talked behind the scenes about the development of PeduliLindungi. Including asking West Java Governor Ridwan Kamil’s men to work on health data related to the application.
PeduliLindungi itself was launched during the Covid-19 pandemic. Starting from the Covid-19 test to handling people infected with the virus.
At that time, Budi said that many people cursed his position because the Covid-19 data was not correct. However, he admitted that he did not know the origin of the incoming data.
“You can get it from the province. Test it in the lab, report it to the district/city service and go to the province, maybe it will also be changed,” said Budi in CNBC Indonesia Tech ConferenceTuesday night (22/8/2023).
Finally, the Ministry of Health requested Covid-19 data directly from the testing laboratory. The lab will enter data directly into the Google Form, and the data will be known by the Ministry of Health.
“Check [hasilnya] positive at night I already know. Because it’s already entered the same lab. The Health Office, the Mayor doesn’t know yet, it’s out. As soon as it was done, all the governors, including those running to become president, were angry with me. Because the numbers are all out,” he explained.
After this was done, it turned out that one of the well-managed data came from West Java. When it was found out, West Java data management was managed by the Head of the West Java Data Center Setiaji.
It didn’t take long for Budi to immediately contact the Governor of West Java, Ridwan Kamil, to ask for permission to take Setiaji to the Ministry of Health. But at that time, Ridwan did not immediately agree.
The opportunity finally opened wide when Ridwan wanted the Director of the Hasan Sadikin Hospital, Nina Susana Dewi to become the head of the West Java Health Office. Budi agreed to the request and at the same time asked permission again to be able to employ Setiaji.
“One day, Ridwan Kamil WA, [masa jabatan] the health office runs out. I am interested in the president director of Hasan Sadikin Hospital. Previously managing a hospital, now managing West Java. Please don’t get in the way of a better career,” he explained.
The Minister of Health replied, “Mr. Ridwan Kamil, I will give him I agree. I need Mr. Setiaji. Don’t hinder a better career. Instead of doing West Java, I will give it to all of Indonesia.”
The figure behind PeduliLindungi
After coming from West Java, Setiaji finally entered the Ministry of Health. In 2021, he was appointed by Budi to become Expert Staff to the Minister of Health for Health Technology.
Also in the midst of the pandemic, Setiaji was behind the development of PeduliLindungi. Budi said Setiaji was in charge of starting from scaling up to recruiting his experts.
“All about Protecting Care, scaling up, the people, he recruited experts from him,” he said.
Setiaji, who currently serves as the Chief Digital Transformation Office of the Ministry of Health (Kemenkes), was the CEO of Jakarta Smart City during Ahok’s leadership. But finally the position was released after changing leadership.
“Change the president a lot entered and mentally as possible. He is one of the mental ones, moving to West Java,” said Budi.
Launch detik.com, Jakarta Smart City began in December 2014. The Governor of DKI Jakarta at that time, Ahok asked for the implementation of various digital tools for efficient and transparent governance. This will increase public and private trust.
After that, the DKI Jakarta Provincial Government launched the websites jakarta.go.id and smartcity.jakarta.go.id. All information from the government is published through these two sites. Social media is also used for transparency of the provincial government’s performance.
Not only for the government, this initiative is also to make it easier for Jakarta residents. So that the people of the capital city can be easier and more comfortable.
This program is known for using the Qlue application. From this application it is used for community reporting regarding the surrounding environment and one of the benchmarks for the DKI Jakarta Provincial Government’s performance.
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