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Raw materials coming from India to produce COVID-19 medicine

first_imgState-owned firms have received COVID-19 medicine and raw materials from India to help treat infected patients in the country.Arya Sinulingga, an aide to State-Owned Enterprises (SOEs) Minister Erick Thohir, said on Wednesday that state-owned pharmaceutical firm PT Bio Farma had received its orders for oseltamivir on Tuesday afternoon from Hyderabad, India.“The oseltamivir is enough to make 500,000 tablets of medicine that will be used to treat COVID-19 patients,” he told the press during a virtual press briefing. Oseltamivir is the raw material for Tamiflu, which is often used to treat COVID-19 patients. Arya added that Bio Farma had also ordered 1 ton of chloroquine that will also be used to help treat patients infected with the pneumonia-like illness.Other than procuring the necessary medicine to treat the illness, he also said that several SOEs would soon produce 200 ventilators that would be used for patients in mild and critical conditions.“The ventilator prototypes from several universities and companies are still being tested by the Health Ministry. Once the test is finished, SOEs will be ready to produce them,” he said.Read also: Indonesia waives import levies for COVID-19 antivirus development, allocates Rp 1t for medical needs Several state-owned firms like weapons producer PT Pindad, electronics producer PT LEN and aircraft manufacturer PT Dirgantara Indonesia have announced plans to convert some of their production lines to produce ventilators.Research and Technology Minister Bambang Brodjonegoro also said on a separate occasion that Indonesia could have its first locally made ventilators by April 25.“PT Indofarma has agreed to take the ventilators and become the offtaker for them,” said Arya, referring to Bio Farma’s subsidiary.The government is easing trade requirements for businesses importing medical equipment and medicine needed to handle the pandemic.”We have also eliminated the import duty for medicines paid by the government,” Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati said on March 16.The same will be done for medical aid and COVID-19 testing devices sent by other countries, she added.Topics :last_img read more


Record submissions for euthanasia bill

first_imgNewsTalk ZB 24 March 2018Family First Comment: Superb response. Thank you to the 1,000’s of Family First supporters who submitted! Many people are having their say about the End of Life Choice Bill.The Justice Committee had already processed 30,411 submissions on Friday, with several thousand more to go.Justice Committee chairman Raymond Huo said it was already the highest number of submissions a select committee had received in recent parliamentary history.“I am determined to present the committee as balanced, even-handed and open- minded as we prepare to hear from the many thousands of New Zealanders who have taken the time to share their views on this complicated and contentious bill,” he said.National MP Maggie Barry has joined the committee as deputy chairperson.The bill passed its first reading in parliament last year. It was drafted by David Seymour, the ACT Party leader, and submitted as a member’s bill.The first reading debate drew stark differences in MPs’ attitudes and beliefs.NZ First’s nine MPs voted for the bill on condition that it won’t become law unless it gains majority support in a referendum.Parliament will decide during the bill’s committee stage whether a referendum clause should be inserted.The bill gives people with a terminal illness or a “grievous and irremediable” medical condition the right to request assisted dying.It defines those eligible and details a comprehensive set of provisions to ensure it is a free choice made without coercion.It also outlines a stringent series of steps to ensure the person is mentally capable of understanding the consequences of their decision.http://www.newstalkzb.co.nz/news/politics/record-submissions-for-euthanasia-bill/Keep up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.last_img read more