2,027 Asmat Residents have Received Medical Attention from TNI Health Task Force

Asmat-  According to the Indonesian Army (TNI) from 17-18 January 2018, TNI Health Task Force has provided 2,027 health services to Asmat residence working in cooperation with Indonesian Health Ministry (Kemenkes) and local Papua health unit.

The medical services provided includes immunization for 1,871 residents, the handling of 22 malnourished patients, 121 measles patients, 4 cases of malaria patients, 4 TBC patients, 3 cases of dyspepsia, 1 case of tetanus and 1 case of blood transfusion.  These numbers are not the total number of health services that the TNI has provided since not all reports were sent to the health crisis center due to difficulty of communication in remote areas.

The TNI Health Task Force consist of the combined health personnels from the Army, Navy and Air Force to help assists the local Papua health service unit to control malnutrition and measles outbreak in Asmat regency, Papua.  The team is sent to remote areas using speed boats and other modes of transportation to reach remote areas affected by the health emergency outbreak.

The team visit homes of Asmat villagers and provide needed medical attention.  According to Lt. Col Rachmato (medical doctor), the malnutrition and measles outbreak in Asmat is different from other areas .  “In here, they also suffer from lungs infection, malaria and TB.  The recovery of the patients need time and comprehensive therapy” according to Lt. Col Rachmanto.  He then added “malnutrition is not like having the flu where it can easily be cured, but must be attended step by step.  The problem is confounded with remoteness of the Asmat regency and minimal healthy lifestyle”.

Meanwhile, the Head of the Asmat traditional customs, Hadep Huwaitu appreciated the attention and worked given by the TNI Health Task Force to combat the malnutrition and measles outbreak and other health situation in Asmat regency.

Cross Sectoral Aid Sent to Asmat

Asmat, Papua- The outbreak of measles and malnutrition has occurred in Asmat regency, Papua.  In order to contain the outbreak, the government in different sectors has sent aid and assistance to the local Papua government in order to alleviate the emergency situation.  The government has sent 1.2 tons of medicine to Asmat regency.

The Indonesian Ministry of Health (Kemenkes) also has sent Additional Food Aid or Pemberian Makanan Tambahan (PMT) to malnourished children and pregnant women with deficient chronic energy by air from Jakarta’s Halim Perdana Kusuma.

The government has also sent 39 health personnels, 11 of whom are specialist doctors, 1 surgeon, genital specialist, anesthesiologist, obgyn specialist and clinical nutrition specialist, 3 pediatricians, 3 specialists in internal medicines and 4 general practitioners.  There are also 3 surgical nurses and 2 anesthesiologists.  Other health workers namely nutrition, environmental and surveillance workers who performed activities with assigned tasks.

The health personnel are divided into three teams and dispatched into three sub-districts: Sawa Erma, Pukau Tiga and Kolof Brasa.  They will perform health services and providing medicines and PMT to control malnutrition and measles outbreak in the three sub-districts.  They will also distribute health safety guidelines, 2000 tablets of disinfectants, powder disinfectants, disinfectant tablets of 1 kg to kill of bacteria in clean water and 75 pieces of safety boxes for medical waste disposal.

Besides from Kemenkes, the Indonesian Army (TNI) has also sent health personnel, medicines, medical equipments and PMT to Asmat.  They are spread in 9 medical service points that covers 19 sub-districts. The medicines that the TNI has brought include measles and diphtheria and measles vaccines and instant foods.

Other government institutions helping on the ground includes the local Papua provincial Policeproviding health services and food assistance.    The local Papua Police is expected to map out the area of the malnourished and measles outbreak in Asmat Regency as well as coordination the sea transportation to remote areas affected by the outbreak.

Kemenkes is expected to continually provide assistance to the local Papua health service units in controlling the malnutrition and measles outbreak in Asmat.

Kilion Manggara and His Story Delivering Light in Eastern Indonesia

JAKARTA – His name is Kilion Manggara, a retired elementary school teacher who thanks to his hard work with the residents in his village managed to bring electricity through Solar Power Plant (PLTS) built by the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources (ESDM).

“After returning from a neighboring village, one night a few years ago, Kilion Manggara was stunned by the electricity received in the village of Arefu that he just visited. His own village of Amdui, Raja Ampat regency, West Papua, was still in the dark and not yet electrified. There is no electricity in the village” explained President Joko Widodo in his Facebook account on Sunday 14 January 2018.

Upon arrival at his home, Kilion Manggara then wrote a letter addressed to the local Energy Office of Raja Ampat. “I am concerned that our village still has not received electricity,” he said as written by President Joko Widodo.

The team from the Minisitry of Energy and Mineral Resources (ESDM) had the opportunity to hear directly the story of Kilion Manggara, during the inauguration of the Solar Power Plant (PLTS) in the village on 21 August 2017. “I made a letter with my own handwriting.   I went to the Village Chief at seven o’clock at night to persuade him to co-sign it, we sent the letter and waited for the reply”, his story was told to the ESDM team led by Dadan Kusdiana who was then Head of Public Relations Communication Services Bureau, representing the Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources.

From here, the initial aspirations of Kilion Manggara and the village chief was heard by the Central Government in Jakarta. The Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources then stepped in to help realize the wishes of Kilion Manggara and Amdui residents through the development of Centralized Solar Power Plant (PLTS). “So happy, Amdui villagers work to build this PLTS and they even make a fence around the PLTS to maintain it,” wrote President Joko Widodo.

Now, Amdui Village has been electrified from the Centralized PLTS with 30 kWp capacity for about 130 families in 103 homes. So, each house averages about 600 watts per day. Centralized PLTS in Amdui Village is a program of the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources through the Directorate General of Renewable Energy and Energy Conservation (DG EBTKE).   The development of the PLTS was worked by PT Telekomunikasi Industri and Informasi (PT INTI Persero) for two and a half months.  The Amdui village PLTS have operated since July 27, 2017. Amdui residents also have been trained periodically by PT INTI team to perform maintenance duty of the PLTS.

Thanks to Kilion Manggara, light is now present in one of the most beautiful areas in Eastern Indonesia.

Telkomsel Develops Mobile Services in Yahukimo and Mamberamo Raya, Papua

Jayapura–  Telkomsel in supporting the Nawacita Vision of President Joko Widodo is cooperating with the government of Yahukimo regency and Mamberamo Raya regency in developing mobile services in those two Papua regencies.

Telkomsel, Indonesia’s largest cellular provider, will increase the coverage of 2G cellular network in Yahukimo regency and 3G and 4G broadband services in Mamberamo Raya regency.  This will allow the local government and people in those two regencies to exchange information more rapidly.

Telkomsel Vice President of Corporate Account Management, Primadi Putra said that the company is committed in developing the region by providing telecommunication networks in all corners of Indonesia.  “Including providing the latest cellular technological development, so that all layers of society can benefit” according to Primadi through a written statement to the media on Wednesday, January 17, 2018.

According to Primadi, the cooperation includes providing telecommunication services for the Yahukimo regency and Mamberamo Raya regency such as telephone bonuses and data packages.

“We hope that the service can speed up the implementation of e-government in both regencies that need quality data access so that the people can receive optimal services” explained Primadi.

Government Speed Up Road Construction In Papua

Jakarta- Ministry of Public Works and People’s Housing (PUPR) targets by the end of 2019, 4,330 km of Trans Papua road in West Papua and Papua provinces would be fully connected.  Currently the road that has not been connected is along a stretch of 171.7 km.   Although not entirely paved, with the opening of roads in mountainous areas of Papua, it will open isolated areas and reduce the price of goods.

“The construction of Trans Papua road will continue and hopefully by 2019 can be fully connected,” said Minister for Public Works and Housing Basuki Hadimuljono recently. This is to realize the Nawacita vision of President Joko Widodo and Vice President Jusuf Kalla to build from the periphery for equality and social justice.

Director General of Highways, Ministry of Public Works and Housing Arie Setiadi Moerwanto said that road and bridge construction in Papua is not done based on the level of financial feasibility of the road, but in the context of maintaining the unity of the Unitary State of Indonesia.  The government wants to accelerate development with the signing of two construction contracts and two supervisory works worth Rp 199.48 billion.

The signing was done by the Committing Officer (PPK), contractors and consultants and witnessed by the Director General of Highways Arie Setiadi Moerwanto, Secretary of the Directorate General of Highways, Soebagiono, Director of Highway, Urban and Regional Road Facility Sugiyartanto, Director of Road Network Development Rachman Arief, Director Iwan Zarkasi Bridge, and Director of Road Preservation Hedy Rahadian.

The signed contract is to replace a wooden bridge with steel frame bridge plus composite girder. The replacement is done because the existing wooden bridge is obsolete and to improve the functionality of the Trans Papua segment between Dekai -Seredala -Oksibil. The contractor of this work is PT Simaka with a contract value of Rp84.4 billion,

The Ministry of Public Works and Housing also signed a 5.5 km border toll road construction contract between Oksibil-Towe Hitam with contractor PT Wijaya Karya worth Rp 108.56 billion. The Ministry has gradually built Papua’s border road along 1098.24 km from Jayapura to Merauke where it has reached 889.3 km and has not connected the length of 208.94 km. The unconnected segment is located in the Oksibil-Towe Hitam segment which is still a dense forest.

For the monitoring package of the road construction the government signed a contract worth Rp. 6.4 billion.  This contract is to technical monitoring of the Oksibil-Towe Hitam road segment and to replace the wooden bridge with steel frame bridge plus composite girder.

The challenge in road construction in Papua aside from the weather and natural conditions that are still covered by dense forest, is the absence of rocks. Therefore, rocks must be imported from Palu or use a mixture of soil and cement (soil cement).

National Border Management Agency Assures the Development of Sota State Border Crossing (PLBN) in Merauke this Year

JAKARTA – The Head of the National Border Management Agency (BNPP) Tjahjo Kumolo said that the State Border Crossing (PLBN) in Sota, Merauke Regency, Papua, will be build this year.

The Sota PLBN development plan is a continuation of the development of 7 PLBN which has been built in the period 2015-2017. “For the Sota PLBN, Merauke regency, Papua Province, we have prepared the construction funds for the fiscal year 2018,” said Tjahjo at the office of the Ministry of Home Affairs, Jakarta, Tuesday (2/1).

The development of the Sota PLBN this year is due to increase human traffic and goods that are considered quite active in the (Indonesia-PNG) border area. Not only the Sota PLBN but as many as 8 other PLBN are to be developed in 2019.  For the fiscal year 2018, BNPP is preparing the funds for the master plan development of the 8 PLBN.

The 8 PLBN which are planned to be built in 2019 namely Pulau Rupat PLBN, Bengkalis regency, Riau Province, Pulau Serasan PLBN, Natuna regency, Riau Province, Jogoi Babang PLBN, Bengkayang regency, West Kalimantan Province, Jasa PLBN, Sintang regency, West Kalimantan Province, Sie Nyamuk PLBN, Nunukan regency, North Kalimantan Province, Napan PLBN, Timor Tengah Utara, NTT Province, Maritaing PLBN, Alor regency, NTT Province and Oepoli PLBN, Kupang regency, NTT Province.

The seven PLBN that have been built in a number of border areas are Entikong PLBN, Badau PLBN, and Aruk (West Kalimantan)PLBN, Motaain PLBN, Motamasin PLNP, Wini (East Nusa Tenggara) PLBN and Skouw (Papua Province)PLBN. A total of five PLBN has been inaugurated by President Joko Widodo and two that have not yet been inaugurated which are Motamasin and Wini.

Bus Carrying Freeport Employees Shot By Armed Assailants

Tembagapura, Papua– On January 16, 2018 a bus carrying PT Freeport Indonesia workers on its way to Tembagapura was shot at by armed assailants on mile 69, Tembagapura.  The armed assailants were able to fire off 7 rounds towards the bus without injuring any of the passengers.  One of the passengers, a 21 year old native of Papua though was being treated for shock caused by the shooting.  The armed assailants are believed to be members of the armed criminal separatist group known to cause security disturbances in the area.

Another bus going in the opposite direction to Terminal Ridge Camp MP 72 was also shot at by armed assailants without causing any injuries.  The bus was shot three times from the back.

Indonesian Police are still investigating both shooting incidents and still calling the situation in Tembagapura area as conducive.