The appointment of Deputy Minister of BUMN Budi Sadikin Gunadi by President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) as the new Minister of Health to replace Terawan Agus Putranto has received the spotlight. This is the first time the Indonesian Minister of Health is not held by a doctor.
Judging from his academic background, Budi Gunadi Sadikin is a graduate of Nuclear Physics from the Bandung Institute of Technology (ITB). In the course of his career, he has been involved in banking a lot.
As Deputy Minister for State-Owned Enterprises I, Budi Gunadi Sadikin, among others, has been in charge of BUMN Health and Pharmacy. He has also been actively involved in the response to the COVID-19 pandemic since the disease first entered Indonesia, March 2020.
Budi was involved in the procurement of:
- – 20 PCR test kits with a capacity of more than 10,000 tests / day or 28 percent of the national capacity.
- – Covid vaccines and create a vaccine implementation and distribution system.
- – Thereupatic medicine for COVID-19.
Budi Gunadi Sadikin also actively monitors and manages 70 state-owned hospitals. One of them is increasing the bed capacity of BUMN Hospital to more than 6,500.