Indonesian Humanitarian MER-C to Cooperate in Medical Training with TNI

Jakarta, MINA – Humanitarian Institution Medical Emergency Rescue Committee (MER-C) for the first time to visit  TNI military commander Marshal Hadi Tjahjanto in Jakarta on Wednesday March 20.

Hadi Tjahjanto welcomed and appreciated the achievements of MER-C, which has been involved in providing health services in conflict and disaster areas. He also said that TNI is ready to provide medical training for conflict area.

Chairman of the MER-C Presidium, dr Sarbini Abdul Murad welcomed it.  Currently MER-C is building an Indonesian Hospital (RSI) in Rakhine, Myanmar and also continuing the construction of the RSI in Gaza, Palestine.

“TNI has showed their professionalism in carrying out tasks that uphold humanitarian values by not distinguishing ethnicity, race and religion to providing services to the community,” Sarbini told MINA.

“I think the RSI medical team in Rakhine and Gaza really need it and they need to learn from TNI about diversity and service by upholding humanity,” he continued.

In 2003, MER-C and the TNI had carried out joint work on a humanitarian mission to help earthquake victims in Iran for 2.5 months.

In the international stage, Indonesia has participated in sending its troops as part of the UN peacekeeping force since 1957. The Garuda contingent (KONGA) is a TNI force assigned as a peace force. The latest shipment in November 2018 is KONGA XXIII M Unifil to Lebanon.

While for domestic disaster areas, TNI is always present in the midst of communities affected by disasters and conflict areas such as Lombok (NTB), Palu (Central Sulawesi), Pandeglang (Banten), Jayapura (Papua), and other regions. TNI always at the forefront of helping to ease the suffer on the community. (T/Ais/P2)

Mi’raj News Agency (MINA)