MUHAMMADIYAH.OR.ID, MAMUJU – Responding to the 6.2-magnitude earthquake striking West Sulawesi, Muhammadiyah thorough the Muhammadiyah Disaster Management Center (MDMC) sent a national Emergency Medical Team (EMT). They were addressed to provide medical service for earthquake survivors in Mamuju and its surroundings.
The earthquake wrecked several main health facilities in West Sulawesi, particularly Mamuju. For instance, RSUD Kabupaten Mamuju and was badly damaged, while RS Mitra Manakarra completely collapsed.
The team comprised 3 specialists, 3 physicians, 4 nurses, 1 surveyor, 1 medical logistic, 2 logistics, and 5 interns. They were from various areas such as Makassar, Luwu, Padang, Jakarta, Surabaya, and Yogyakarta. Chair of the team was dr. Joko from RS PKU Muhammadiyah Yogyakarta.
Chief of the EMT Corona Rintawan stated that the sending illustrated Muhammadiyah’s commitments to always be present to help community when disasters happen. Despite the pandemic, Muhammadiyah will always actively get involved in the disaster management.
“The Majene earthquake hit amidst the COVID-19 pandemic whose cases rise. It becomes the greatest challenge in emergency responses which we have ever performed. We have to do emergency responses while the earthquake survivors and volunteers should implement health protocols,” he declared.
He also informed that the team and medical logistics are going to Mamuju, and may arrive on Tuesday (18/1). In Mamuju, they will join local Muhammadiyah volunteers and other volunteers from Makassar and Palu who have already been there. The EMT, then, will collaborate with a health sector to manage health services for the disaster-affected people.
Besides, Muhammadiyah through the MDMC of Central Java sent 10 Search and Rescue (SAR) volunteers to Mamuju. The volunteers, called Alfa Team, are responsible for emergency responses to the Majene earthquake for 14 days.