Monday, January 22, 2018

1) INDONESIA: Papua faces health emergency


1) INDONESIA: Papua faces health emergency
January 21, 2018
The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) is concerned about the health crisis facing Asmat regency in Papua, Indonesia. So far, 68 children have died from measles and serious malnutrition in Asmat. As reported by national media, the measles and malnutrition epidemic has affected 11 districts of Asmat regency: Swator, Aswi, Akat, Fayit, Pulau Tiga, Kolf Branza, Jetsy, Pantai Kasuari, Safan, Unirsarau, and Siret. Being the most remote areas of Asmat regency, victims in these districts have faced serious difficulties in obtaining access to medical facilities. Even in the regency’s capital, Agats, the Agats General Hospital (RSUD) is not equipped to deal with all the patients of measles and malnutrition. A category D hospital with limited facilities, paramedics and doctors, the hospital at present needs more medicine due to limited stock, and due to limited space, some patients have been hospitalized in the nearest church building.
This circumstance shows how Papua has been left behind in terms of health facilities, infrastructure and development. In Jakarta, Java island or other islands such as Sumatera and Bali, there are numerous public and private hospitals of type B and A, easy to access. Papua mostly has public hospitals of type D, especially in remote areas. There is a category A hospital in Jayapura city, the capital of Papua, but it is quite far from Agats and to reach Jayapura from Agats is not easy due to the lack of infrastructure.
The above situation clearly highlights how neither the central government of Indonesia in Jakarta, nor the local government in Papua province and Asmat regency have been able to develop an early warning system to prevent measles and malnutrition. The AHRC is concerned that the epidemic can easily spread to other places in Papua, particularly in remote areas lacking in health facilities. Since Papua was integrated into the Republic of Indonesia in 1969, Papua has remained the poorest and least developed province.
As a state party to the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, Indonesia is obligated to ensure its citizens’ rights to be free from hunger; to address the prevention, treatment and control of epidemic, endemic, occupational and other diseases; and to create conditions which would assure medical attention to all. Similarly, national laws such as Law No. 36 of 2009 guarantee the right to equal health access for all citizens. The AHRC views the current lack of health access and facilities in Papua, and the deaths of 68 children, as a clear violation of the Indonesian government’s responsibility towards its citizens. By not developing equal health care in Papua, the government is to blame for this considerable loss of life. The current efforts to address the problem are simply too little, too late.
The government should immediately announce a health emergency in Papua and open access for medical aid, including international medical support. It should also allow access to the media to ensure accountability and to monitor the eradication of the epidemic. Furthermore, the government needs an affirmative action policy to boost development of health access in Papua. The assistance from the central government should not merely be limited to eradicating disease in Asmat regency,but should ensure that remote areas in Papua receive priority in development of health access, facilities and infrastructure.
The National Commission on Human Rigths (Komnas HAM), the Minister of Health and Ombudsman of Republic of Indonesia, the House of Representatives, in particular Commission IX which concerns health, food and medicines, should take initiatives to monitor, evaluate and ensure the implementation of such policies. Local government should also open access for NGOs and media to monitor the recovery and development in remote areas.
Further, the AHRC also urges the government to comprehensively ensure that all children, including pregnant mothers in Papua, particularly in Asmat regency, are given enough nutrition, food, and vaccines to prevent disease.
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Manokwari, Jubi – Indonesia Ombudsman (ORI), West Papua Provincial Representative Office has handled hundreds of cases of alleged maladministration practices during 2017.
Nortberthus, the West Papua ORI Representative in Manokwari, on Thursday (January 18th), said in general the condition is still far from the expectations. But the institution continues to encourage the improvement.
On the sphere of public services, Ombudsman noted that West Papua province is still far from the expectation.
“Compared to other provinces, public services in West Papua are still far from expectations. In 2017, we have received 144 cases of maladministration complaints,” he said.
He then explained that the Ombudsman performs the task of acceptance and management of complaints as well as the socialization and network construction from the communities.
Public service, according to him, is a strategic point to establish a good governance practices or good governance. From every complaint it received, Ombudsman claimed to optimally supervise and encourage a fair settlement.
According to him, people have started to give response on government services. It was proven by the increasing complaints addressed to the Ombudsman throughout the last few years.
He said 144 complaints were received thought many types of communication, including email, investigative initiative, and information from mass media, letters and complaints via telephone.
“Direct report submission is 53 percent and investigative initiative 21 percent,” he said.
He specifies the form of alleged maladministration received in the form of procedural irregularities as many as 49 cases; 27 delayed cases; abuse of authority 12 cases; not providing services 24 cases; discrimination 1 case; demand for money, goods and services 5 cases; incompetent 19 cases; and inappropriate service 17 cases.
“As many as 71 percent of cases have been resolved, the remaining 29 percent are still in the process of completion,” he said.(Antara)


Jayapura, Jubi – Finally a sponsorship to Persipura from Freeport Indonesia was approved. The value is the same as that has given by Bank Papua, which is Rp8, 5 billion.
“They (Freeport) will add Rp1, 5 billion more if Persipura becomes the champion,” said Persipura’s spokesperson and chairman, Benhur Tomi Mano known as BTM, in his release.
He was accompanied by Persipura Manager Rudy Maswi, the General Secretary Rocky Bebena and Media Officer Bento Madubun to meet the Freeport Indonesia Representatives, Clementino Lamury, Riza Primary, Napoleon Saway and Spencer Paoh, on Thursday (January 18th).  As the result of the meeting, PT. Freeport Indonesia agreed to give Rp 8.5 Million fund to Persipura.

“They are also willing to disburse more funds in the near future for the team,” added the number one person in this Jayapura city. He also said that in the near future, all the players would be gathered and get ready for the training camp. “Next week we will gather all players so we can practice,” he said.
Further, he also hopes that the players who are licensed for the President Cup to maintain their condition and avoid injury.
“The ones like Boaz, Justin and Frisca, I hope they keep fit, and avoid injuries. Especially those important players, they have also told me that they will take care of themselves. I also hope that the former players who move to a new club may try to become a major player or a core player in his club, we pray for their success in a new place, God bless,” said the chairman of Persipura.(

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