MUHAMMADIYAH.ID, YOGYAKARTA – Muhammadiyah disaster responses are getting tactical. Indeed, Muhammadiyah Disaster Management Center (MDMC) has an Emergency Medical Team (EMT) to be the first Indonesian EMT verified by World Health Organization (WHO).
None of the Indonesian EMTs of governmental or private disaster management centers is certified by the WHO. Thus, possessing the verification enables the EMT of the MDMC to respond to disasters worldwide.
“This is our pride which we have to be grateful,” expressed Chief of the EMT of MDMC for disasters in Sulawesi Barat Joko Murdiyanto on Tuesday (26/1).
Furthermore, Muhammadiyah always reports its disaster responses carried out in Kalimantan and other areas to the WHO. Joko himself noticed the MDMC’s tactical disaster responses.
“When I was sent to a disaster-affected area, I was proud of Muhammadiyah because of its rapid responses,” he told at COVID Talk of Muhammadiyah.
Joko, who is also a specialist in anesthesia and reanimation at PKU Muhammadiyah Yogyakarta, stated that Muhammadiyah always selects the volunteers to be sent to a disaster-affected areas and has a medical checkup for them.
“The MDMC has already had incredibly high standards,” he informed.
Regarding the EMT verification, the MDMC has commenced a long process even prior to the pandemic.
In fact, Muhammadiyah successfully convinced mentors and assessor teams of the WHO Asia-Pacific, WHO SEARO (South Regional Office), and AUSMAT (Australian Medical Assistance Teams) and passed to a final stage of the verification in March 2020, but it was postponed because of the global pandemic.