Jayapura, Jubi – Cases of HIV/AIDS transmission cases from mother to child are the second largest after heterosexual transmission in Papua, the Papua Health Office said in its quarterly report per 31 March 2016.
Cases of heterosexual transmission reached 24,543 while the transmission from mother to child reached 460 cases (141 HIV and 319 AIDS). The third higher case is the unidentified transmission, namely 124 cases (60 HIV and 64 AIDS).
The Head of Papua Health Office, drg. Aloysias Giay said the Ministry of Health urged the provincial office to restrain the number. “We have been asked to restrain the number that nationally reach 25,215 of the existing cases, but it grows faster,” he said by phone on Monday (27/6/2016).
He worried about the increment of identified cases, but from the point of health service, they have made an achievement because the more cases are identified, it helped to identify its cares and preventions.
“We could be considered being success in identifying the number of cases, therefore we can provide assistance to the patients and provide the understanding to those who have nor yet transmitted,” he said.
He said the provincial office keep continuing to reduce the number of HIV/AIDS patients. One of the actions taken is by establishing the health task unit for the villages. “We have sent the team to the villages. They are now in the villages to provide assistance for the local community,” he said.
Papua human right activist Paneas Lokbere said the number of patients is increasingly raised but the government’s act in preventing the transmission of this disease has not given impact every year. “Sometimes ago the government was busy with the media campaign but now it’s rarely broadcasted, also the billboards on the street,” he said. (Benny Mawel).
Thousands of children in Papua are allegedly glue-sniffing addicted
Merauke, Jubi – Papua Education Office is focussing on drafting a regional regulation on education. This education bill plans to cover the rights of teachers and students.
“One of our priorities is (the education for) children of glue-sniffing addicted. They are mostly indigenous Papuans. In Merauke, they are quite significant in number,” told the Head of Papua Education Office Christian Sohilait on Saturday (1/2/2020).
Based on his staff’s report, Christian said that at least around ten thousand children assumed in Papua has addicted to glue-sniffing. This situation is very alarming,and need to address immediately.
“With this huge number (of glue-sniffers), how can we ignore and not pay attention to them? It will turn to be a special case to address urgently,” said Sohilait.
Concerning this behaviour among children, he thinks it links with the lack of support from family and parenting responsibility.
“Once they were born, parents should take care of and raise their children as well as provide education for them.”
Meanwhile, the Deputy Chair of Merauke local parliament Dominikus Ulukyanan admits the case of glue-sniffing addiction among children in the region.
“It is the responsibility of all parties to embrace as well as to provide ongoing assistance (to glue sniffing addicts).” (*)
Reporter: Ans K
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Manokwari Regent orders officials to aware of coronavirus
Manokwari, Jubi – Manowari Regent Demas Paulus Mandacan instructed Manokwari Health Office to prevent the spread of coronavirus. Mandacan declared that Manokwari is among regions of high risks of coronavirus spread.
He admitted knowing the status of coronavirus high alert in Manokwari from the press release issued by the Minister of Health. “I have instructed both regional secretariat and health office as well as relevant offices to conduct a preventive action immediately,” said Mandacan in Manokwari on Monday (26/1/2020).
According to him, Manokwari includes in the list of regions with a high level of vigilance towards the coronavirus outbreak concerning many Chinese workers in this region. These workers mostly work in PT SIDIC Semen Maruni, he said.
Meanwhile, the Provincial Health Office of West Papua Otto Parorongan confirms the report about a resident in Sorong had a symptom similar to coronavirus symptom. The suspect patient is now under medical treatment in Sele Belu Hospital, Sorong.
“That’s right that one person in Sorong is coronavirus suspect, but it is still under examination. So it could not categorise as coronavirus case. People should not be panic, because the medical staffs have taken steps to anticipate this,” Otto told Jubi reporter in Manokwari. (*)
Reporter: Hans Kapisa
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A suspected coronavirus tourist in Raja Ampat confirms from Hong Kong
Sorong, Jubi – A tourist from Hong Kong identified as YP, who visits Raja Ampat, West Papua Province, has been suspected of being infected with the coronavirus. Currently, he is under treatment at Sele be Hospital in Sorong City.
“He initially visited Raja Ampat for diving, but experienced fever and pain. He then referred to Pertamina Sorong Hospital on 25 January 2020,” said the Director of Sele be Solu Hospital dr Mavkren J Kambuaya on Monday (27/1/2020).
Now, YP is treated with medicine to reduce fever and pain while his condition is getting better. Regarding the case, the hospital has coordinated with the local health quarantine department and health office for further examination. “This is to find out whether the patient is the coronavirus suspect,” added Kambuaya.
Dr Kambuaya further explained that they should conduct a further respiratory examination. The result will be sent to Jakarta to confirm whether the patient has coronavirus or not. Meanwhile, YP will be in quarantine for seven to fourteen days for further examination.
However, Dr Kambuaya asked people not to worry. “Because it is still suspected, not yet a case,” he explained. (*)
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