Ombudsman RI suspects Quarantine Agency maladministration in FMD outbreak

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Ombudsman RI held a press conference on allegation of maladministration in the handling of Indonesia’s FMD outbreak. (Source: Ombudsman)

Jakarta, IO – Ombudsman RI suspects that there was maladministration in the handling of foot and mouth disease (FMD) outbreak in Indonesia.

“The Ombudsman is of the view that there was very strong indication of maladministration by the Quarantine Agency of the Agriculture Ministry in the form of negligence to take preventive measures after knowing that there is a strong suspicion that FMD outbreak has occurred in several regions in Indonesia,” said Ombudsman RI member Yeka Hendra Fatika, Thursday (14/7).

He explained that this allegation started with the weak supervision of the Quarantine Agency, as seen from the emergence of several cases of FMD from the end of 2019 to May 2022.

“Indonesia has seen cases of African Swine Fever (ASF), Lumphy Skin Disease (LSD) and FMD outbreak in East Java and Aceh Provinces,” Yeka said.