6 Controversial Traces of Terawan Doctor Who Was Permanently Dismissed from IDI by MKEK

Suara.com – The former Minister of Health, Doctor Terawan Agus Putranto, is back in the conversation. Recently, the Special Team for the Medical Ethics Honorary Council (MKEK) decided to permanently terminate Dr Terawan from the membership of the Indonesian Doctors Association (IDI), Saturday (26/3/2022).

The dismissal was stipulated in the letter of the MKEK Special Team Number 0312/PP/MKEK/03/2022 which was read out at the 31st Congress of PB IDI in Banda Aceh. Now as a consequence, Doctor Terawan is threatened with no longer being able to apply for a license to practice as a doctor.

Doctor Terawan himself is known to have made many blunders during his tenure as Minister of Health from 2019 to 2020. Here is a review of some of Doctor Terawan’s controversial track records.

1. Brainwashing therapy

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Doctor Terawan began to be known by his name since the innovation of brainwashing therapy with Digital Subtraction Angiography (DSA) in 2018, where it is claimed that this treatment can help stroke patients.

This finding is a matter of debate among practitioners. Because although the treatment methods and techniques used by Terawan have been tested academically, they need to be tested clinically and practically to be applied to the wider community. In fact, Doctor Terawan has applied it to treat strokes since 2004.

2. Have you ever received a temporary dismissal letter?

Previously, Doctor Terawan had received a temporary dismissal letter from the MKEK in 2018 for serious ethical violations. In a copy of the letter circulating at that time, a temporary dismissal was stipulated as a member of IDI for 12 months (February 26, 2018 to February 25, 2019) and was followed by a written statement revocation of the recommendation for a practice permit.

3. Clinical radiology services

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While serving as Minister of Health, the regulation of the Minister of Health (Permenkes) No. 24/2020 concerning Clinical Radiology Services, which was published on September 21, 2020, drew protests. The Permenkes makes radiology services can only be done by radiology specialists (radiologists).

Whereas previously radiology services could be done by general practitioners or other specialists. This is considered to be able to increase the burden on the Indonesian health system due to the limited number of radiologists.

4. Blunder about masks

Maybe it’s still fresh in memory at a press conference at the Sulianti Saroso Infectious Disease Hospital (RSPI) on March 2, 2020, Terawan actually made a controversial statement that masks were only worn by sick people when people were worried about Covid-19.

“If you are sick, wear a mask, if you are healthy, you don’t have to, it reduces our body’s oxygen,” he said. Even though in the case of Covid-19, people without symptoms (OTG) must also wear masks so they don’t infect others.

A month later, Achmad Yurianto, while still serving as the government’s spokesman for the handling of Covid-19, then asked everyone, both healthy and sick, to wear masks according to WHO recommendations.

5. Removed from the position of Minister of Health

The handling of Covid-19 in Indonesia fell apart during the leadership of Doctor Terawan as Minister of Health. Doctor Terawan was rebuked by Jokowi several times for the slow absorption of the budget at the Ministry of Health.

On the other hand, Finance Minister Sri Mulyani also said the verification process at the Ministry of Health was the cause of the delay in disbursing incentives for health workers. Finally, Jokowi removed Doctor Terawan and the position of Minister of Health was given to Budi Gunadi Sadikin in December 2020.

6. Vaccine of the archipelago

The Nusantara vaccine, which was initiated by Doctor Terawab, has drawn a long polemic and has been criticized by many parties, including the Chair of the PB IDI Covid-19 Task Force, Zubairi Djoerban, to the Food and Drug Supervisory Agency (BPOM).

BPOM assessed that the development of the archipelago vaccine did not comply with scientific and medical principles, and had many irregularities in the research process, which made this vaccine declared not to have passed the phase I clinical trial.