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Undoing the Trap of Imported Pharmaceutical Raw Materials

If phytopharmaceuticals are developed more seriously, including market certainty, good prospects lie ahead for Indonesia to be able to reduce dependence on imported BBO or finished pharmaceutical products. President Joko Widodo is irked by Indonesia’s huge dependence on imports for drugs, pharmaceutical raw materials, and medical equipment. He wants to not just reduce the imports, but stop them altogether. "Speaking about health equipment, drugs and raw materials for medicines, we have to stop importing these items. We must produce them ourselves in our [own] country," the President said on 27 Dec. 2021 at the groundbreaking ceremony for the Bali International Hospital in Denpasar. Of course, we must support this good intention, but apart from medical equipment, do we have the capacity to stop importing raw materials for manufacturing drugs? Can we rely on our upstream pharmaceutical industry?

Controlling Corona Vaccination Effect in Chronic Kidney Disease Patients

To build herd immunity against corona or Covid-19, vulnerable groups, both because of age and health conditions, are prioritized in vaccination. People with congenital diseases are given special conditions. In essence, most of them can be vaccinated under certain conditions, including vaccination of patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD). There is a lot of news, especially on social media, about events related to vaccination. Most of the news is difficult to analyze because the information is incomplete and tends to be bombastic. So, as an effort to anticipate PIFE (post-immunization follow-up events), the side effects of Covid-19 vaccination need to be known, especially regarding CKD. This study needs to be carried out while waiting for comprehensive research on PIFE from various types of Covid-19 vaccines in CKD patients.

Accelerating National Research in 2022

We have just left 2021 and entered 2022. We all hope that the Covid-19 pandemic can be more under control, the economy grows evenly, and we can achieve progress in all fields. We also hope that academics and scientists will continue to conduct research in all fields to catch up with the progress that we have not yet achieved. Research is the foundation of a nation's progress, and one of the benchmarks for research progress is the achievement of the Nobel Prize. The Nobel Prize is a great honor for scientists, writers and humanitarian fighters. So far, the Nobel prizes for the fields of Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Medicine and Economics have always been dominated by scientists from European countries and the United States (US). Only recently have scientists from developed Asian countries such as Japan, South Korea or Israel won the Nobel Prize as well.

Care and Protect from Chronic Kidney Disease

'PeduliLindungi' (Care-Protect) has become two very popular words today because they represent a very effective success in stopping the spread of Covid-19. 'PeduliLindungi' is a government website and application that is very useful in responding to Covid-19 developments, including providing information on Covid-19 vaccinations, latest swab data, and registration of individual vaccinations. These two words mean that we care for each other and protect ourselves, including tracking infected people in the crowd. The hope is that we can be vigilant and protect each other from further exposure to Covid-19. As a matter of fact, the substance of 'care and protect' needs to be developed not only for the Covid-19 disease. The government and all of us need to pay attention to all lines of health towards acute and chronic diseases, including chronic kidney disease (CRD).

Towards the Endemic and a New Balance

The passing of the delta variant rampage raises hopes of an accelerated 'truce' with the corona virus. Although there are still concerns about the emergence of a new variant, the current delta variant can be considered the peak of the viciousness of Covid-19. By consistently preventing and treating this disease, as well as continuing to develop herd immunity, it is hoped that the direction from the pandemic to endemic will be clearer. The deadly dance of the delta variant has receded. Although the community activity restrictions (PPKM) continue to be extended, the number of areas with significant level of danger is decreasing. However, epidemiologists warn that, even though the situation is improving and mass vaccinations continue to be carried out, we should not be careless and excessively euphoric.