YOGYAKARTA- Since this morning, Thursday (14/12), hundreds of UGM academic community have been enthusiastic in having free medical service, held by committee of the 62nd UGM Anniversary at Grha Sabha Pramana (GSP). They also did not hesitate to queue to get free check-up and treatment. Today the committee conducted some forms of free medical and eye check-up, distribution of reading glasses as well as general check-up, such as ENT and blood check.
According to the Committee Chairman, Prof. Dr. Edy Meiyanto, M.Si., Apt., accompanied by one member of committee, dr. Rustamaji, M. Kes., the main purpose of social service this time is to bring together the university with the academic community and the residents around UGM campus.
"The event is expected to bring UGM closer with internal and external campus community," Edy said on the sidelines of the event.
Edy added in the free medical service, as many as 325 people from the UGM Main Office, Faculties, Centers of Studies and street vendors at the Foodcourt as well as residents around UGM. The activity involves cooperation among PERDAMI (Indonesia Association of Ophthalmologist), community service team of Faculty of Medicine, Solidarity of of Wives of Members of United Indonesia Cabinet (SIKIB) and the UGM 62nd Anniversary committee.
"In addition to UGM residents, there are 32 street vendors from the Foodcourt, 10 pedicab drivers, and 25 community members coming to have the service. It’s likely that there will be more," the lecturer at UGM Faculty of Pharmacy said.
In line with Edy, Rustamaji added, some social activities have also been held such as cataract surgery at Sardjito Hospital, Hidayatulloh Islamic Hospital, Puri Husada Hospital of Sleman, and health checks in Kuwang shelters and Code River neighbourhood.
"This is just one of a series of many social events we have held previously," Rustamaji said.
In addition, Rustamaji added, the Anniversary committee also conducted a survey in student dormitories around campus. The survey and the visit are to determine whether the student dormitories are decent enough to live in. If they are not, it will be possible to do renovation by cooperating with the banks.
Meanwhile, Kadarisman, an employee of Faculty of Psychology said he was happy and proud with the holding of such social activity, especially for UGM civil servants and honoree employees. Incidentally, Kadarisman at the event wanted to have his eyes checked.
"Yes, as regular employee we support it if this event is held regularly every year," Kadarisman said.
Ahmad Khoirun, an employee at UGM Main Office also said he was happy with the charity event. Especially after the medical check-up, he knew that he had high blood pressure.
"In addition to the free glasses, I also immediately knew that my blood pressure was quite high. I was given medicines instantly. Consulting with the doctor was worth it," Khoirun explained.
It is different from Nurhazanah from the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences. Nurhazanah complained sometimes it was difficult for her to hear sounds. She hoped future free health service could be announced well in advance, so many more employees would be able to participate.
"I heard the announcement yesterday and I immediately signed up. Next time it should be better if done for each Unit or Faculty," Nurhazanah said.