MUHAMMADIYAH.OR.ID, KENDAL— Muhammadiyah has collaborated with USAID to tackle tuberculosis (TBC) long before the COVID-19 pandemic. They initiated Mentari TB Recovery Plan by engaging numerous Muhammadiyah-‘Aisyiyah hospitals to eliminate TB from Indonesian in 2023.
“This is our commitment to improve the nation’s health. The project provides us opportunities to help wider communities, treat and prevent TBC,” said the Chairman of the Muhammadiyah Council for Public Health Development (MPKU) Mohammad Agus Samsudin at the Muhammadiyah World Tuberculosis Day (WTBD) on Wednesday (June 21) at the Auditorium of Muhammadiyah Islamic Hospital of Kendal.
Moreover, Kendal Regent Dico Mahtado Ganinduto mentioned that the Muhammadiyah Islamic Hospital of Kendal as one of the best health cares in Kendal. The collaboration between Muhammadiyah and the local government of Kendal has run well. Muhammadiyah possesses gerat experience in establishing healthcare institutions.
“The local government of Kendal and Muhammadiyah frequently collaborate particularly in education and healthcare. We hope this synergy will continue and enable us to collectively enhance healthcare infrastructure,” said Dico.
Furthermore, a representative from USAID Indonesia Enilda Martin, mentioned that the partnership was incredible since Muhammadiyah has a huge scope. It allows the program to reach broader TBC cases, control, and eliminate them.
Additionally, Deputy Minister for Health Dante Saksono Harbuwono said that the government could work alone to eliminate TBC. Collaboration of all elements, including Muhammadiyah, becomes a means of coping with TBC. “The government greatly values the active involvement of Muhammadiyah in detecting and reporting tuberculosis cases,” said Dante.