According to the humanitarian non-governmental organization, the 11-member team comprises doctors, engineers, electrical mechanical experts, and medical instrumentation experts.
The volunteers departed for Cairo, Egypt, on Sunday morning and were scheduled to arrive there on Sunday night. Next, they will travel by land to the Rafah border and then enter Gaza. The supervisory team will check the second-phase construction work of the Indonesian Hospital in Gaza that has been ongoing for a year.
"Last year, we had dispatched 32 volunteers to the Gaza Strip to begin the second phase of construction to build two additional floors, to add 100 more beds, and equip additional medical devices, as the existing building, with 100 beds, is not adequate to accommodate patients coming for treatment," Faried Thalib, a member of the Presidium of MER-C Indonesia, said in a press release issued on Sunday, February 16, 2020.
Indonesia's MER-C supervision team will only be able to enter Gaza after obtaining permissions from the local authorities to enter Egypt and Gaza.
"After waiting for some 3.5 months, we finally obtained the two permits, and we decided to go to Gaza immediately," he noted, adding that the supervision team would be on duty in the Gaza Strip for a two-week period.
Currently, 29 volunteers are supporting the second-phase development of the Indonesian Hospital in Gaza. The construction activity is estimated to take 1.5 to two years, depending on the situation on the ground. The second-phase construction and additional medical equipment cost some Rp70 billion to Rp75 billion.
"Bismillah (In the name of Allah), hopefully, we would be able to realize the development of the Indonesian Hospital to demonstrate the Indonesian people's love and support for the Palestinian people, who have been struggling (for their country's independence)," Thalib added. (Antara)