UNAIR NEWS – Universitas Airlangga lost another best scholar. The FK UNAIR internal medicine professor on sub-tropical and infection, Prof. Eddy Soewandojo, dr., Sp.PD., K-PTI, FINASIM passed away on Thursday June 2. The man born in Jakarta, on NOvermber 25, 1940 died at 76.
Before laid to rest at TPU Keputih Surabaya, there was a memorial service in FK UNAIR hall. Families, relatives, colleagues and fellow professors gathered in the hall to honor the late professor on Friday morning, June 3.
UNAIR Hospital Director, Prof. Dr. Nasronuddin, dr., Sp.PD., K-PTI, FINASIM shared his memory of the late Prof. Eddy. He said that the late professor was a good and honest teacher. On tropical disease and infection field, he was the role model because of his determined and great concern to dengue fever or typhoid fever.
He had written many works in dealing with DBD problems in Indonesia. The late professor also contributed in the innovations on dengue fever medications. “One thing he had always emphasized was the importance to prevent dengue fever rather than to cure it,” said Prof. Nasron.
Besides having great concern to DBD, Prof. Eddy also stood out in handling typhoid fever or typhus. He was the key figure in typhus medication research in 2002 with World Health Organization (WHO), health institutions in Hong Kong, and seven other universities in Indonesia.
The research made a breakthrough on typhus medication called Levofloxacin. The antibiotic was deemed better than other Fluoroquinolone antibiotic, Ciprofloxacin. Levofloxacin can lower the fever faster than Ciprofloxacin. In addition, the side effects such as nausea, vomiting, and liver complication were less severe Ciprofloxacin. The antibiotic was given for seven days with once a day dosage. So it is more effective to prevent the complication and shorten the treatment.
In the same occasion, Vice Rector III UNAIR term 2009-2014, Prof. Soetjipto, dr., MS, Ph.D, also said his impression on Prof. Eddy. Besides known as an expert on tropical disease and infection, Prof. Tjip known Prof. Eddy as an educator who had a great concern with medical curriculum.
As they worked in the same field, one thing he remembered from Prof. Eddy was his interest on discussing his collective thought and innovation for module development in order to improve the medical education quality in the future.
Prof. Troeboes Poerwadi, dr., Sp.S, who attended the memorial service was his fellow during his study in FK UNAIR. He was not only in the same year as the late professor but he was also his friend during senior high school.
“Prof. Eddy was my close friend since we were in SMA 2 Surabaya. He was the chief of the class. Known to be quiet, diligent and gullible. My friends and I were the naughty ones, he wasn’t. If I skipped school, I asked him to handle the class with other female students,” recalled Prof. Troboes.
Their friendship continued at FK UNAIR. They had shared many things together.
“One thing memorable was when we used to have a group named ‘Kaipang’. It was a silly and broke student group. So we always studied in campus. Every time there’s UNAIR Dies natalis, we became the helpers. We helped arranging the chairs for the event. It was exciting,” he said.
For Prof. Troeboes, Prof. Eddy was great friend in learning and playing. Prof. Eddy was a straight personality and practical. “Prof. Eddy was a son of a governor, every time there was an international guest in his father’s house, he always called me and other friends. Mreneo, ana panganan neng kene. Tamune wis mulih (Come here, there’s a lot of food here, the guest had already gone),” he recalled Prof. Eddy during when he was young.
Prof. Eddy’s passing of course brought sadness for Prof. Troeboes. His friends from the class of 1960, one by one passed away and left him.
Recently, Prof. Eddy’s health deteriorated. Prof. Troeboes met him a few months ago in a wedding reception for the last time.
“Since he had been ill, he became often forgot things. He remembered me well while he forgot my wife who was his childhood friend,” he said. (*)
Author: Sefya Hayu I.
Editor: Defrina Sukma S.