The Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs and Investment Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan attended a trial of the use of the Covid-19 GeNose detection tool at Senen Train Station in Central Jakarta last Saturday. He also tested himself with the GeNose tool.
The trial of the GeNose Covid-19 detection tool developed by the University of Gadjah Mada, Yogyakarta is intended for use at public transportation hubs.
“The GeNose tool is a solution to the problem of screening and diagnosis tools, which are currently quite expensive and have limited availability,” Luhut said in a written statement in Jakarta on Saturday.
Mr. Luhut reviewed the implementation of the GeNose Covid-19 detection tool accompanied by Minister of Transportation Budi Karya Sumadi, President Director of PT Kereta Api Indonesia Didiek Hartyanto, Director General of Railways of the Ministry of Transportation Zulfikri, Special Staff of the Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs and Investment Professor Satryo Brodjonegoro, and Professor Eko, a representative from the GeNose Team from Gadjah Mada University.
GeNose is a Covid-19 detection tool used to improve Covid-19 screening through the breath utilizing “4T” stages, namely Tracking, Tracing, Testing, and Treatment.
GeNose detects through the breath, providing a sense of comfort and can be used all people from children to the elderly. The GeNose tool can detect the virus in 50 seconds with accuracy up to 94%. This tool can also be obtained at an affordable price.
The GeNose tool has been recognized by the Ministry of Health and supported by the Ministry of Transportation as a test kit used for community travel activities using public transportation.
According to Luhut, GeNose as a Covid-19 detection tool is the pride of Indonesia because it was made by the nation’s citizens. This is also in line with the “Proudly Made in Indonesia” campaign that is being developed by the government.
Through these tools, the Indonesian nation proves that it can also innovate and provide solutions to the Covid-19 pandemic problem.
“GeNose is also a matter of pride for Indonesia, because this tool is an original made by the Indonesian students” he added.
Luhut also expressed appreciation the Gadjah Mada University GeNose team for preparing and working hard in creating these innovations.
“I hope that GeNose can soon become a test tool that is widely used by the community and can help the government in carrying out the 4T effort,” concluded Luhut.
Meanwhile, the Minister of Transportation Budi Karya Sumadi said that the use of GeNose as a test tool for community travel requirements will begin on Tuesday February 5, 2021.
“This tool will be used early in the morning by public transportation rail users on February 5,” said Budi.