The Tsunami and Disaster Mitigation Research Center (TDMRC,) as part of the Covid-19 task force, released the results of a study related to the knowledge of the Acehnese people facing the corona virus and citizen compliance in implementing social/physical distancing or keep your distance in the social environment. Study conducted by Dr. Syamsidik, Rina Suryani Oktari, M.Sc, and Prof. Khairul Munadi showed that 94 percent of 4,628 respondents were still active outside the home. Some even spend 3 hours or more outside the house.
"There are still many residents who spend their time in places that have the potential to frustrate social/physical distancing, such as coffee shops and wedding receptions," said Chairman of TDMRC Unsyiah, Khairul Munadi, Thursday (3/26/2020).
This research was conducted using the incidental sampling method (nonprobability sampling) through online media. The survey was conducted online from March 22-24, 2020 using Google Form. This survey succeeded in gathering data from 4,628 respondents who live in Aceh Province. Most respondents came from the cities of Banda Aceh and Aceh Besar. The majority of respondents still doing activities outside the home during the last week of March 16-23, 2020, before the survey closed on March 24, 2020.
Khairul added, the high level of Acehnese activities outside the home is considered quite alarming because it can increase the risk of corona or covid-19 virus exposure. This should be a common concern, especially for policy makers in Aceh. In fact, the research team recommended that coffee shops and wedding receptions be monitored more closely. The mosque was also a significant place visited by respondents. This needs to be noted in order to make adjustments and improvements to the mosque's facilities so that it can help break the chain of virus transmission.
"If the lockdown option is not implemented, success in inhibiting the transmission of the covid-19 virus depends very much on the strict implementation of social / physical distancing."
In addition, it was also revealed that survey respondents had not obtained sufficient information regarding the corona virus. Most respondents claimed that they had not received information and received piecemeal information that could not be verified. In fact, some respondents said they were confused by the amount of inaccurate information, which caused anxiety.
"The community needs official information from the local government. Because, according to the survey results, some of them obtained information from social media, but were confused whether it was a fact or a hoax, "continued Khairul.
The majority of respondents also provided input to the Government of Aceh to be more alert and decisive in dealing with the dangers of the corona virus. Including conducting supervision and control of people entering and leaving Aceh Province. Some respondents also suggested that a lockdown policy be applied throughout Aceh, involving the TNI and police to raid all places, emphasizing the mechanism of distance keeping (social / physical distancing), ensuring the availability of masks and hand sanitiziers, and increasing the readiness of health workers with complete equipment, especially Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).
Unsyiah Rector, Prof. Dr. Ir. Samsul Rizal, M.Eng. IPU hopes that the results of this study can become a reference for the Government of Aceh in taking policies to deal with the corona virus. Unsyiah is also ready to help the government to deal with this increasingly widespread virus. What's more at this time, Unsyiah had established the Covid-19 Task Force.
"The public can access accurate information about the corona virus and the results of the Unsyiah study through http://covid19.unsyiah.ac.id/. This is Unsyiah's step so that the public is well educated and not consumed by hoaxes, "said Prof. Samsul.
To the wider community, Prof. Samsul also reminded to hold back temporarily by staying in their respective homes. It also includes businesses to comply with the government's call.
"The real danger is in sight. We must try our hardest and pray that the people of Aceh will not be a vain victim of this pandemic. Hopefully we learn a lot from the situation in Italy ". (Unsyiah PR / fer)