MUHAMMADIYAH.OR.ID, YOGYAKARTA – Muhammadiyah COVID-19 Command Center (MCCC) reflected on its actions after seeing India’s COVID-19 tsunami. The MCCC always coordinates with regional and local MCCC networks throughout Indonesia to promote implementation of health protocols.
“We learn a lot from the failure of India to tackle the COVID-19, and we wish it would never happen in Indonesia,” expressed Vice Chair of the MCCC Arif Jamali Mu’is on Wednesday (28/4).
The MCCC considered that Indonesia has a similar possibility to India due to the great population. “The high number of cases in India began from the loosening of health protocols during religious events,” he stated.
“Well, the COVID-19 vaccines are available, and Muhammadiyah supports the vaccination. However, the MCCC may not be careless to obey health protocols to prevent the COVID-19 transmission. We’ll keep promoting the health protocols and the vaccination is important to flatten the curve,” he asserted.
He deemed that people were in a state of euphoria so that they overlook the health protocol. Indeed, they cannot refrain themselves from gathering in this Ramadan.
“Therefore, we should work together to apply the health protocols. The MCCC won’t cease to discuss the COVID and campaign the protocol,” he said.
According to Arif Jamali Mu’is, the curve isn’t flattened yet and the COVID are still threatening this nation. Besides strictly doing the protocols, the government should affirmed entry restriction for foreigners, particularly for the ones from countries with high COVID-19 cases.
“Even though some foreigners have entered Indonesia, it’s better late than never to restrict them to enter this country,” he conveyed.
He also revealed that the pandemic cannot be tackled by one sector or only Muhammadiyah, but all elements should be aware and commit to reducing exposure risk so that what happens in India won’t occur here.
Indonesia’s curve has declined since January. Although it isn’t a significant decrease, we should be consistent to prevent the risk so that COVID-19 tsunami will never happen in Indonesia.