MUHAMMADIYAH.OR.ID, TURKEY—The Indonesian government visited emergency field hospitals by the Indonesian Emergency Medical Team (INA-EMT) in Hassa, Hatay, Turkey, on Wednesday (22/2). The Indonesian government entourage was led by the Coordinating Minister for Human Development and Culture Muhadjir Effendy, together with the Ambassador of the Republic of Indonesia to Turkey Lalu Muhammad Iqbal and the staff of the Indonesian Embassy in Ankara.
Muhadjir appreciated the INA-EMT, including 23 EMT Muhammadiyah members. The hospitals have served 1,391 Turkey earthquake-affected people, and President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan appreciated the INA-EMT.
The INA-EMT consists of 5 emergency doctors, two orthopedic surgeons, seven nurses, two pharmacists, one midwife, one psychologist, one safety & security officer, seven logistical support staff (WASH setup and others), one medical admin, one photographer, and one liaison officer. The EMT Muhammadiyah brought 18 EMT-WHO standard tents pitched next to tents of the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BPNB), the Indonesian Military (TNI), the National Police (Polri), and Indonesian Red Cross (PMI) in one complex of the INA-EMT hospitals. The INA-EMT was supported by Lazismu (the Muhammadiyah zakat management body) of the Muhammadiyah-Aisyiyah Special Branch of Turkey.
“We appreciate the INA-EMT for striving since they were still in Indonesia for preparations until now they are in Turkey. May the assistance we provide will benefit Turkish survivors,” said Muhadjir Effendy.
Muhadjir Effendy said that the Indonesian government collaborating with Islamic organizations such as Muhammadiyah would continue to provide support and assistance regarding medical personnel and logistics.
“On behalf of the President of Indonesia and all Indonesian people, we offer our deepest condolences to people in Turkey and Syria. We pray that all the victims can be found safely and Turkey can rise again to be stronger than before,” said Muhadjir.
Muhadjir also handed over the third phase of assistance from the Indonesian government. The aid weighing 140 tons included basic necessities, generators, etc. The Indonesian government also donated USD 1 to the Syrian government for handling the earthquake.
Besides, the Deputy Chairperson of the INA-EMT Team and the Coordinator of the EMT Muhammadiyah, Corona Rintawan welcomed the visit of the Indonesian government delegation. He, along with the INA-EMT, reported services that they provided for Turkish people.