Wamena, Jubi – The Tolikara government is working with the Austrlaian aid agency AusAID to improve the primary health system in Papua and West Papua.
David Low, a representative from AusAID, said the agency wanted to see first hand the implementation of a nutrition program for pregnant and breastfeeding-women, initiated by Tolikara regent Usman G. Wanimbo as it has contributed to the welfare of the community.
“We start our visit to Papua by visiting Tolikara, because he wanted to see the process of service provision of nutritious food to the mother and children. Therefore, we are ready to fully support this program through partnership in strengthening the capacity of health centers in the province of Papua and West Papua including Tolikara,” Low said.
This program aims to reduce maternal mortality, newborns and toddlers, to decrease malnutrition for children under five, the number of new cases of HIV and sexually transmitted diseases and the number of deaths from AIDS. It will also give contribution in handling non-communicable diseases through screening or routine examination and cases of high blood pressure effectively.
Meanwhile regent deputy of Tolikara, Amos Yikwa welcomed the visit of AusAID chairman and his team.
“We hope we could work together and apply it to synchronize their programs together with local government programs,” Amos Yikwa said. (Islami/Tina)