Indonesia again sends humanitarian mission to Turkiye

Indonesia again sent a humanitarian mission for the Turkiye earthquake, namely the Emergency Medical Team (EMT), from the Halim Perdana Kusuma Air Force Base in Jakarta on Monday (February 13, 2023). (The Indonesian Ministry of Foreign Affairs)

The humanitarian mission for earthquake victims to Turkiye was previously sent by the Indonesian government from the Halim Perdana Kusuma Air Force Base in Jakarta on Saturday (Feb. 11).

 

Jakarta (Indonesia Window) – After dispatching the Medium Urban Search and Rescue Team on Saturday (Feb. 11), Indonesia sent another humanitarian mission for earthquake victims in Turkiye, namely the Emergency Medical Team (EMT).

The mission was officially sent by the Head of the Indonesian National Agency for Disaster Countermeasure (BNPB) Suharyanto and the Secretary General of the Indonesian Ministry of Health Kunta Wibawa Dasa Nugraha from the Halim Perdana Kusuma Air Force Base here on Monday.

A total of 120 EMT doctors and medical personnel came from the Ministry of Health, the Indonesian National Armed Forces (TNI), the Indonesian National Police (Polri) and community organizations, according to the Indonesian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The group included two representatives from the Indonesian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and one person from BNPB. The Turkiye authorities required the EMT Indonesia to build a field hospital in the worst affected area, namely Hassa district in Hatay province.

In addition to EMT personnel, the logistical assistance consisting of medical equipment, medicines, evacuation logistics, power generators and foodstuffs was also flown to Turkiye.

Previously, the Indonesian Ministry of Foreign Affairs reported that the Indonesian government dispatched a humanitarian mission for earthquake victims to Turkiye from the Halim Perdana Kusuma Air Force Base on Saturday (Feb. 11).

Two Boeing 737 aid aircraft carried joint personnel from BNPB, the Indonesian National SAR Agency (Basarnas), the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and the Ministry of Defense, as well as Hercules C-130 which transported relief goods including Medium Urban SAR (MUSAR) and EMT logistics.

Coordinating Minister for Human Development and Cultural Affairs Muhadjir Effendy, accompanied by Minister of Defense Prabowo Subianto, Minister of Health Budi Gunadi Sadikin, TNI Commander Yudo Margono, Basarnas Head Henri Alfiandi, and Director General of Protocol and Consular Affairs Andy Rachmianto representing the Indonesian minister of foreign affairs.

This team is part of the Indonesian government’s commitment to provide humanitarian assistance to Turkiye.

The team’s task is to closely observe field conditions and ensure preparations for the arrival of humanitarian aid which will later be sent in several batches.

Responding to this natural disaster, Indonesian President Joko Widodo immediately gave directives to ministers and heads of institutions to send humanitarian aid to the Turkiye and Syrian governments.

Reporting by Indonesia Window

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