Mayor of Surabaya Tri Rismaharini (white shirt) with FKG leaders and RSGM UNAIR. (Photo: Personal Document)
UNAIR NEWS – Health prevention and issues resolution still require cross-sector synergies. To achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the academics of Faculty of Dental Medicine, Dental and Oral Hospital (RSGM) and Institute of Tropical Disease (ITD) Universitas Airlangga (UNAIR) collaborated with the City Government of Surabaya to realize Surabaya World Tropical Health Center.
“Surabaya World Tropical Health Center (SWTHC) is a big system. Its operation should be supported by numerous hospitals in Surabaya, including RSGM UNAIR, ITD UNAIR, pharmaceutical labs and it is related to the applied economy plan. There is World Tropical Dentistry Center. This is where FKG UNAIR comes in with its innovation potentials of Research Center, research based education, and RSGM is also ready to operate at best,” said the Dean of R. Darmawan Setijanto, drg., M.Kes, during discussion with the Mayor of Surabaya, Tri Rismaharini, on Monday, August 28.
Fortunately, Surabaya City Government also has a similar vision on its public health management. Through the meeting held in her office, Risma welcomed well the delegation of UNAIR.
“I support the initiative of Surabaya World Tropical Health Center (SWTHC). I leave it to FKG and RSGM UNAIR so the dental health services in Surabaya can be packaged as Health Tourism in Surabaya, “said Risma.
To UNAIR News Darmawan expressed his joy over the support of Mayor of Surabaya against this progressive step.
“Public health service activities require complex synergy and mutual support. For this Surabaya World Tropical Health Center (SWTHC), we feel grateful and happy as the supporting system finally achieved with support from Mrs. Risma, “said Darmawan.
In the development of this concept, communication has been established from the continuous flow of synergies between FKG with RSGM, FKG Research Center, and Institute of Tropical Disease UNAIR as supporting system.
“In the future, we hope the research-based educational culture that becomes the core of dental medicine education in FKG can become one of the contributions of Surabaya City community through Surabaya World Tropical Health Center (SWTHC) establishment,” Darmawan added. (*)