Health workers are at the forefront in handling the COVID-19 pandemic. However, the lack of health workers in Indonesia is still a barrier. To that end, the Ministry of Education and Culture (Kemendikbud) in collaboration with the Indonesian Medical Student Senate Association (ISMKI) is raising voluntary support from students to work together to help the handling of the COVID-19 pandemic through a volunteer program.
As many as 15,000 health and non-health students from various universities participated in this volunteer program, including students of the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences (FKIK), of Universitas Muhammadiyah Yogyakarta. Of the four study programs at the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, a total of 24 students took part in this volunteer program. Among them were Kevin Danudoro from the 2017 Medical Education Study Program, M. Romzi Nabil Agustam from the 2019 Dentistry Education Study Program, and Arif Aynul Hakim Adil from the Pharmacy Study Program in 2017. The three students were contacted by the UMY Public Relations Bureau team on Monday (30/3) who explained about the training and tasks they will carry out as volunteers.
Currently, students who register as volunteers are still undergoing training provided by the Directorate General of Higher Education, the Ministry of Health, the World Health Organization (WHO), the Indonesian Lung Doctors Association, and other experts. “So far we have received 3 training sessions with various materials. We do not know how long the training sessions will take before we are deployed as volunteers,” added Arif Aynul Hakim.
M. Romzi expressed his motivation to join this volunteer program. “I want to be able to benefit others because the best people can benefit their surroundings, especially now that Indonesia is experiencing a global crisis that we should face together. And I, as a student, want to take part in facing this crisis “.