Deputy Chairman of the Advisory Council of the Indonesian Ulema Council (MUI) Hamdan Zoelva asked the government to review the import of medical devices.
"If the government has a strong 'political will', these medical devices such as antigen swab and PCR equipment should not need to be imported, because imported medical devices are very expensive," said Hamdan Zoelva while attending the celebration of the Birthday of the Prophet Muhammad SAW 1443 Hijriah/2021 which was held PT Taishan Alkes Indonesia, Jakarta, Thursday (28/10). Therefore, he encouraged the government to commit to the use of domestic medical devices.
The former chairman of the Constitutional Court (MK) hopes that the government will limit the entry of imported medical devices.
The government should, he continued, give priority to domestic medical device manufacturers whose prices are much cheaper and of very good quality and already have a halal certificate.
“The government must review the policy regarding the imported antigen swab and PCR kits that are currently circulating. I am worried that in the future this will become a legal issue, because it is considered to be seeking profit or deliberately playing a game about the price of medical supplies," said Hamdan Zoelva in a press release.
He gave an example of the price of an antigen swab kit published by PT Taishan Alkes Indonesia of Rp. 30,000, while the price set by the government for an antigen swab is Rp. 55,000.
“This is from a local factory in the country, such as PT Taishan, the price is cheaper than that is set by the government. In fact, I believe PT Taishan can push the price again from Rp. 25,000 to Rp. 20,000. Even these local medical devices have obtained a halal certificate. But the widely circulated ones are actually imported medical devices that cost twice as much. I don't know how much profit are from these imported medical devices," he said.
With the Covid-19 pandemic, the government is obliged to protect the public while improving the Indonesian economy.
"It's not good in difficult conditions like this, imported products are given more privileges. If there is a cheaper one, why choose an expensive and imported one. If there's really a 'political will' and the urgency to revive the economy, domestic medical equipment products should be a priority because this will have an impact on economic recovery, especially the absorption of labor in Indonesia," he explained.
One of the advantages of using domestic medical devices, said Hamdan Zoelva, is that domestic products will absorb Indonesian workers rather than buying imported products.
"Import goods are ready made, the factory is not in the country. Those who work are not Indonesians, the money also goes abroad. I can't stop thinking about these imported medical supplies. That's why I ask the government to review the import of these medical devices. Don't let us become a greedy nation," said Hamdan Zoelva. (Ant/OL-12)
This news is taken from mediaindonesia.com.