The parents name their children after the name of this ship

The parents name their children after the name of this ship
RS Terapung Ksatria Airlangga © UNAIR

By Ahmad Cholis Hamzah from GNFI

The floating hospital Ksatria Airlangga, which began its maiden voyage in September 2017, has so far visited various islands, particularly remote islands, delivering health services to the public. This little ship was created by expert traditional ship builders in Takalar sub-district, South Sulawesi province, which has long been a destination for well-known ethnic group Bugis sailors. It weighs 117 tons, is 30 meters long, and has a 7.2-meter breath and medical equipment within. She was the result of intense discussions among a small group of medical doctors - alumni of the Universitas Airlangga Surabaya School of Medicine in Indonesia - who are particularly concerned about how to deal with the problems of providing health services in remote islands, particularly in East Java and the eastern part of Indonesia.

Since then, the floating hospital has visited 69 islands with 2,200 volunteers, treating around 16,000 patients, including those affected by natural disasters in West Tenggara and Central Sulawesi. Recently, a team of doctors from the Faculty of Medicine at Universitas Airlangga Surabaya joined the mission of the Islands Maternal and Child Health Service Program, sailing to 11 islands in Sumenep Regency (East Java) and delivering up to 15 newborns.

Keterangan Gambar (© Pemilik Gambar)

Alumni of Universitas Airlangga have agreed to broaden the ship's function beyond simply providing medical assistance to the public, and she could be used as a research center where alumni from other disciplines, such as social sciences, conduct research on social issues such as poverty, education, economic growth, local economic development, and so on, in areas where the ship disembarks. It might become an Integrated Societal Services Center where researchers can discover social problems, propose remedies, and present their results to the government. 

Indeed Indonesia, with its archipelagic structure and around 17,000 islands, has its own issues when it comes to delivering social services to its dispersed population. Indeed, supplying health services to distant islands, for example, is a significant difficulty.

Although, in terms of size, this floating hospital is a "small" ship when compared to a floating hospital belonging to the United States of America, such as the 272.49-meter-long USNS (United States Navy Ship) Mercy or the 122-meter-long Dr. Soeharto hospital ship belonging to the Indonesian Navy. While the Ksatria Airlangga is only 30 meters long, the ship has received so much praise from the general public that some of the infants born on board have been called after the name of this floating hospital, "Ksatria Airlangga."

Akhyari Hananto

I began my career in the banking industry in 1997, and stayed approx 6 years in it. This industry boost his knowledge about the economic condition in Indonesia, both macro and micro, and how to More understand it. My banking career continued in Yogyakarta when I joined in a program funded by the Asian Development Bank (ADB),as the coordinator for a program aimed to help improve the quality of learning and teaching process in private universities in Yogyakarta. When the earthquake stroke Yogyakarta, I chose to join an international NGO working in the area of ?disaster response and management, which allows me to help rebuild the city, as well as other disaster-stricken area in Indonesia. I went on to become the coordinator for emergency response in the Asia Pacific region. Then I was assigned for 1 year in Cambodia, as a country coordinator mostly to deliver developmental programs (water and sanitation, education, livelihood). In 2009, he continued his career as a protocol and HR officer at the U.S. Consulate General in Surabaya, and two years later I joined the Political and Economic Section until now, where i have to deal with extensive range of people and government officials, as well as private and government institution troughout eastern Indonesia. I am the founder and Editor-in-Chief in Good News From Indonesia (GNFI), a growing and influential social media movement, and was selected as one of The Most Influential Netizen 2011 by The Marketeers magazine. I also wrote a book on "Fundamentals of Disaster Management in 2007"?, "Good News From Indonesia : Beragam Prestasi Anak Bangsa di dunia"? which was luanched in August 2013, and "Indonesia Bersyukur"? which is launched in Sept 2013. In 2014, 3 books were released in which i was one of the writer; "Indonesia Pelangi Dunia"?, "Indonesia The Untold Stories"? and "Growing! Meretas Jalan Kejayaan" I give lectures to students in lectures nationwide, sharing on full range of issues, from economy, to diplomacy Less
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