Women and children in Yahukimo, West Papua - Jubi/Victor Mambor

Maternal and Child Health Becomes Parliament’s Concern

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Women and children in Yahukimo, West Papua
Women and children in Yahukimo, West Papua – Jubi/Victor Mambor

Jayapura, Jubi –  Maternal and Child Health Program should be a concern to all, said the Second Deputy Chairman of the Papua Legislative Council, Fernando Yansen Tinal.

In a hearing with the Papua Accelerated Health Development Unit (UP2KP) and Department of Population and Family Planning (BKKBN), the councilor said many things need to be improved in the area of maternal and infant health.

“Therefore, the result of this discussion would be our reference at the parliament, especially at the Commission V, in making regulations as well as to review what kind of regulations are running or not working,” he said to reporter on Wednesday (1/6/2016) in Jayapura.

He added the Maternal and Child Health Program is aimed to improve the availability and affordability of qualified health services for the entire community in nutrition program as well as maternal and child health program.

In addition, he said, in this discussion, the councilor obtained feedbacks on administration, financing as well as socialization of heath program conducted at the remote areas.

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“We also discussed about the extraordinary occasions such as Nduga case and diarrhea cases at some areas. These problems actually could be prevented earlier but because of the unpreparedness of medical workers in terms of both quality and quantity prolonged it,” he said.

At the same place, the Executive Director of Papua Accelerated Health Development Unit (UP2KP) of Papua Province Agus Raprap said the discussion about the maternal and child program is not separated from the program released by the Papua Governor on thousand days of life. “So few days before the baby is born, we are doing intervention including the pre-delivery until delivery process with expectation the child would grow healthy,” he said. (Roy Ratumakin/rom)

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