PMI encourages unity of nation's elements amid COVID-19 pandemic

PMI encourages unity of nation's elements amid COVID-19 pandemic

PMI Secretary General Sudirman Said (center) converses with PMI Chairman Jusuf Kalla (right) in Jakarta, Wednesday (5/2/2020). (PMI Public Relations)

What should be strengthened is solidarity and cohesiveness of all elements of the nation in addition to transcending barriers of ethnicity, race, religion, and also political colors. Integrating efforts is solely important for the sake of human safet
Jakarta (ANTARA) - The Indonesian Red Cross (PMI) has pushed for greater cohesiveness among all elements of the nation by integrating efforts to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic.

"What should be strengthened is solidarity and cohesiveness of all elements of the nation in addition to transcending barriers of ethnicity, race, religion, and also political colors. Integrating efforts is solely important for the sake of human safety," PMI Secretary General Sudirman Said noted in a written statement to ANTARA in Jakarta, Wednesday.

The PMI secretary general remarked that in the wake of a pandemic that has resulted in a humanitarian crisis until now, several parties, including the PMI, will continue to focus on humanitarian assistance and countermeasures.

However, despite vaccine production planned immediately to prevent the transmission of COVID-19, the public should continue to strive to maintain physical and mental health in the face of the pandemic.

"This crisis will be long drawn out, and citizens will face uncertainty in various areas of life, such as the health, economy, and social aspects, and maybe also uncertainty in the security and political situation," he stated.

To this end, Sudirman noted that the PMI had invited all elements of the nation to bolster solidarity and cohesiveness in the endeavors to contain the epidemic and to overcome it through unified efforts.

Meanwhile, ahead of the 75th Anniversary (HUT), PMI also lauded the people and governments that had supported and laid trust in it during every humanitarian event.

"We would like to thank all the people and the government, who have confidence in the PMI. Moreover, friendly countries, through donor organizations and red flags, have become good partners in dealing with various humanitarian issues," he noted.

"We are also grateful to multilateral organizations, such as the International Federation of Red Cross (IFRC) and the International Committee of Red Cross (ICRC). Owing to their belief, the PMI is getting stronger by the day and able to contribute to every humanitarian event," he stated.

As PMI’s 75th anniversary draws closer, it remains committed to continuing to uphold the seven principles of International Movement of the Red Cross and Red Crescent: humanity, equality, volunteerism, independence, unity, neutrality, and universality.

"We are keen to continue to be part of the humanitarian movement, not only nationally but also across the world," Said remarked.
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