This article studies the synergistic sociocultural value system to handle COVID-19 patients in self-isolation in Indonesia, to find an effective formula in COVID-19 spread control. The problems studied here is the response carried out and the constraints faced by the Indonesian government related to the self-isolation policy. Why and how does the Indonesians’ sociocultural value system contribute to COVID-19 patient response? Through the survey conducted via Google Forms, in-depth interviews, focus group discussions and literature study, it is found that the Indonesian government issued the self-isolation regulation for COVID-19 patients to mitigate the rapid and massive COVID-19 transmission. However, many constraints are found in the policy implementation, including; people’s insufficient knowledge and understanding of COVID-19, leading to negative implications for the COVID-19 survivors or patients’ perception, causing social stigmatisation for COVID-19 survivors or patients; COVID-19 task force’s limited access to medicine, medical instrument and hospital facilities. Meanwhile, the Indonesians’ strong socio-cultural values like tolerance, mutual aid, and communal work, including among the educated people in urban society, may be potentially integrated into the health service to respond to COVID-19 patients with their self-isolation. Therefore, their integration and empowerment can be a solution to mitigating COVID-19 transmission in Indonesia.

Fuente: Humanities and Social Sciences Communications
Published: 12 April 2023