UNAIR NEWS – The role of universities in solving the nation’s problem is undoubtedly important. Most of policies regulated by the parliament are initiated from ideas of scholars in universities.To get input from academic community, Commission IX DPR RI (House of Representatives) made a visit to Faculty of Pharmacy Universitas Airlangga to discuss about Drug Materials Research program Monitoring on Wednesday, November 30.
In his speech, Vice Rector IV UNAIR Junaidi Khotib, Ph.D, stated that as academicians and practitioners of material and drug product procurement, UNAIR always focuses on developing health science. In his opinion, the visit made to UNAIR was a right decision.
“We are leading in health studies. All for the prosperity of this nation,” he said.
The leader of the Commission IX group, Hj. Ermalena in her address hoped that the discussion can produce various studies useful to make the policy. Furthermore, she also admitted that they know well on pharmaceutical studies advancement in UNAIR.
“We often heard about materials produced by UNAIR research. It will be a good input for us to discuss with other colleagues in DPR RI. This meeting is very important as national Health Insurance (JKN) has been implemented and the need on drugs will keep rising. Therefore we need to discuss it with UNAIR,” said the politician of United Development Party Faction.
In presence of Commission IX, representatives of Ministry of Health, BKKBN, POM, BPJS and UNAIR academicians, Junaidi said that to develop drug materials, his unit has collaborated with the industrials. It is done to achieve independence and wider usefulness.
“The university should bring results on research, so it could bring economic impacts to the society and live with them. We are opening that asset. Of course, university is not alone. There are some points we need to improve together. Fortunately, all the players are here now, the academician, industrials and government,” he said.
Ermelena said that the relation between academic community and government is still difficult. She said that the university is ready but the government is not. The other member of Commission IX, Betti Shadiq from Golkar Party Faction also stated the problems existing on imported drugs.
Another law maker also said stated problems on halal products, development and production difficulty, also coordination between central and regional administrations. They were discussed thoroughly in the occasion.
“For the regulated policy, we are making effort for it. Hopefully it can reach Prolegnas (national legistation program),” said Siti Masrifah from PKB faction.
In response to the statements of Commision IX members, Prof. Syahrani from UNAIR said that it is a fact that Indonesia imports 95% of drugs material. For him, it was a game by business players.
“For this matter, the tste must be able to stop it. We must be able to change this nation viewpoint,” he said.
In agreement with Prof. Syahrani, Prof. Mangestuti also stated that herbal medicine development must have strong scientific foundation, not only from empirical data or trials.
In the end of discussion, Dean of FF UNAIR Dr. Umi Athiyah stated her expectation for the government to support and increase the number of laboratories. “For facilities and laboratory availability, we need more attention from the government,” she said.(*)
Author: Nuri Hermawan
Editor: Dilan Salsabila