‘Emergency response has overcome measles outbreak in Asmat’

Source: Republika


REPUBLIKA.CO.ID, JAKARTA — The emergency response launched by the government has managed to overcome measles outbreak and malnutrition problem in Asmat District in Papua Province. The government then entered the stage of community health care and development.

“We have reported to the President that we are now entering a stage of community health care and development there, because we have overcome the plague through an emergency response,” Social Affairs Minister Idrus Marham said after accompanying President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) in a meeting with Seto Mulyadi, chairman of the Institute for the Protection of Indonesian Children (LPAI), at the Presidential Palace, here, Monday.

Marham planned to visit Makassar, South Sulawesi, to discuss cooperation with the University of Hasanudin in community health care and improvement in Asmat. The university will send a team of doctors to Asmat.

He also lauded any university students willing to go to Papua Province, particularly in Asmat remote areas to help local people facing health problems.

Meanwhile, Seto Mulyadi reported to President Jokowi about LPAI’s action plans which include reviving traditional games, a public campaign and movement on “I Love Children”, and story telling for children.

“The President lauded the plans. Story telling will motivate and encourage children to lead a better life,” Marham said.

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