MUHAMMADIYAH.OR.ID, YOGYAKARTA – Indonesia has been confronting the COVID-19 pandemic for ten months while Muhammadiyah COVID-19 Command Center (MCCC) has been performing their duties to respond to a non-natural disaster for nine months.
Data on 23 December 2020 revealed 686 thousand COVID-19 cases, with 106 thousand patients and 20 thousand deaths.
Chair of the MCCC Agus Syamsuddin stated that a current virus transmission trend will most likely rise. It is predicted that this pandemic can be under control in 2022.
“The MCCC has collaborated with Muhammadiyah people to tackle this outbreak. Our 10-month devotion may not become our pride, but our lesson to be better,” declared Agus on Sunday (27/12).
Besides, he personally sensed spirit of Al-Ma’un growing in this movement. Muhammadiyah always assists whoever needs help as an implementation of an Islamic teaching. At the beginning of this pandemic, without any command, all Muhammadiyah elements initiatively took actions, starting from a simple action as distributing primary needs.
“It only took a short time that we successfully could provide 500 packages of the primary needs independently. All Muhammadiyah and ‘Aisyiyah elements from the central to local boards donated their funds and dedicated their energy and mind to help one another. Thus, all achievements that we could attain belong to this movement,” he asseted.
Furthermore, Agus advised all Muhammadiyah members to maintain their health by obeying health protocols, namely wearing a mask, keeping physical distancing, and washing hands.
Again, this pandemic is not over yet so that conforming the health protocols is a must.