Bogor, Jubi – Elisa Kambu, the Regent of Asmat considers that efforts to relocate Asmat people are not possible.
“Relocation to new places is impossible, (even though) the relocation was intended by the President in order to make improvements of the surrounding communities in the districts and villages they live in,” Elisa said at Bogor Palace on Tuesday (January 23).
Elisa delivered the statement in a joint press statement after having a meeting with President Joko Widodo at Bogor Palace, West Java.
The meeting was attended by Minister of Home Affairs Tjahjo Kumolo, Minister of Health Nila Moeloek, Minister of Social Affairs Idrus Marham, Head of Staff Office of President Moeldoko, Regent of Asmat Elisa Kambu, Vice Regent of Nduga Regency Wentius Nimiangge and Papua Governor Lukas Enembe.
Previously President Joko Widodo had offered the relocation as an option to overcome the measles and malnutrition outbreaks in Asmat. Cases of measles and malnutrition in Papua are scattered in several areas including Pegunungan Bintang Regency. Those even happened repeatedly.
“Because moving people is not that easy, it is related to culture and customs, customary rights, and how they plant, gathering food etc. We will take care of the people, we would guarantee them with better access,” Elisha added.
According to Elisa, health facilities such as Puskesmas (health centre) have existed in all district capitals (sub-districts), but the problem is how to maximize the operation.
“We hope the people would stay in their village, not in the forest or elsewhere, we do not intend to move them from the village, far from their own place and territory,” said Elisha.
Papua Governor Lukas Enembe said that the most likely relief is to improve their own place within a district range by building housing and roads.
“We cannot move them elsewhere,” Lukas said.
Social Minister Idrus Marham said that the President asked for an integrated and comprehensive approach to deal with the outbreaks.
“We cannot work alone, the president also said that because this problem (not) only occurs in Asmat, it needs to look at other districts (and regencies) in Papua in order to anticipate everything,” said Idrus.
Meanwhile, Health Minister Nina Moeloek said he would go to Papua on Wednesday (24/1).
“After the critical condition we will think about rehabilitation and the long-term solution, one of which has been mentioned (by the governor) is to make a good shelter around the village to accommodate people nomadic livelihood. We must also take care of its fuel, we might cooperate with Ministy of Forestry to cultivate sago as their main local food, we should improve it, also fish processing,” she said.
The outbreaks of measles and malnutrition occurred in Asmat District since September 2017 which had resulted in 68 infants and children died.
On January 1-11, 2018 the joint team was reported to have treated hundreds of patients with measles, 393 of whom were outpatients and 175 of whom were hospitalized.
A number of obstacles that are experienced are the lack of doctors that there are only 12 doctors and one specialist in Asmat. (Antara)
Papuan footballers and high education
Jayapura, Jubi – Ferinando Pahabol, a Papuan footballer who currently plays for Persipura, admitted that he decided to become a footballer because of his talent and hobby. But, his parents wanted him to be more concerned about his education than playing football.
Football is a popular game for children in Papua. They play football on the street, and create a local freestyle football known as ‘patah kaleng’. In this local freestyle, the goal gates are made from cans (kaleng) and no goalkeeper. Instead, all players are strikers and defenders at the same time.
Papuan children often have a dream of becoming a footballer, but their parents would never let them go further.
“Do you think you can count on football when you grow up?” said the parents who thought there is no future in football.
Yanto Rudolf Basna, a Papuan footballer from Sorong Selatan, thought he must finish his study at Universitas Negeri Yogyakarta. Therefore, he posted his gratitude on Facebook when he finally graduated after being studying for about six years, even though he is currently a centre-back defender of Sukhotai FC who competes in Thailand League. Basna previously played for Khon Kaen of Thai League 2 in 2018 but was not capable of upgrading the club to Thai League 1.
According to transfermarkt, Basna signed a contract of £125 thousand or Rp 2,212 milliard, while the most expensive Papuan footballer Boaz Sollosa get paid £275 thousand or Rp 4,42 milliard. Another footballer Osvaldo Haay got a contract of £300 thousand or Rp 5,795 million, and Ferinando Pahabol signed an agreement of £125 thousand or Rp 2,196 milliard.
However, although he has a high-value contract, Basna still needs to finish his study at Universitas Negeri Yogyakarta. He admitted to doing his exams online and has to complete his education for almost six years. He said he must fulfil his parents’ wish for him to finish his higher education at university.
“Thank God that after six years, I passed my thesis exam. Although it was online, it would not reduce my happiness,” he said on his Facebook.
Moreover, Basna, who was a former national team captain, said education is one of his burdens during his career as a professional footballer. But he finally can get through it. “It’s one of my personal goals that comes through,” said Basna.
“I remember that ten years ago before I went to Uruguay, my father, my mother, and my young siblings were sitting in the living room. Then my father asked me, “do you want to go to school or play football?” he wrote.
Without a second thought, Basna decided to play football because at that time he had an opportunity to train in Uruguay. His fellow team in SSB Numbay Star, Terens Puhiri, followed his step a year later. According to former SSB Numbay Star the late Amos Makanway, his two players Terens Puhiri and Yanto Basna had stood out since they were at Numbay Star soccer school.
“Then my father said it’s fine if it was your decision, and I got support from my family. However, my father gave me one condition, that I should give 60 per cent of my efforts to football and 40 per cent for school, and I cannot leave one of them,” said Basna.
His father’s advice becomes his reminder to keep his focus on one thing, that is his football talent. However, he is also aware that he cannot undermine another important thing, namely higher education.
Other footballers also have parents who want them to keep playing football but finish school at the same time. Take an example of three Persipura players, Gerald Rudolf Pangkali, Ferinando Pahabol, and Ronny Esar Beroperay. They all graduated from Cenderawasih University. Earlier, other footballers Ian Kabes, Stevie Bonsapia, Boaz T Solossa and Ortizan Solossa also finished their study from Cenderawasih University. (*)
Reporter: Dominggus Mampioper
Editor: Pipit Maizier
Thirty new cases of COVID-19 in Papua by 9 June, city hospitals are overwhelmed.
Jayapura, Jubi – COVID-19 Task Force Papua confirms thirty new cases on Tuesday (9/6/2020).
It includes 12 cases in Jayapura city, 9 in Jayapura Regency, 6 in Keerom, 2 in Sarmi and 1 in Nabire. It makes up the total cases of COVID-19 in Papua to 1,110 cases.
This increase raises the issue of the availability of hospitals to take care of the patients. Spokesperson of COVID-19 Tasks Force Papua dr. Silwanus Soemoele, SpOG (K) said he is still waiting for confirmation from Abepura Mental Hospital (RSJ) to be used as a referral hospital as it planned.
“All hospitals in Jayapura City are full capacity today,” he said.
While the hospitals should be careful to send patients home because doctors only can declare patients recover from the virus and allow them to home after taking two consecutive swab tests with a negative result. Moreover, the recovered patients need to do self-quarantine for 14 days at home.
Meanwhile, two patients of COVID-19 in pregnancy are taking medical treatment in Abepura Public Hospital. “Their current condition is stable,” said Soemoele.
These two patients are detainees from Abepura Police detention. One complaint having a digestion problem, another has a bleeding condition.
“But I already took care of them in Abepura Hospital, and now they are in good condition,” he said.
Today the task force team brought their attention to Sarmi Regency with two new cases after 49 days successfully hold the transmission.
“But with these two new cases, we hope that we can continue our 49 days of smart work to find and take care of patients,” he said. (*)
Reporter: Angela Flassy
Editor: Zely Ariane
Illegal mining potentially to become new coronavirus clusters in Papua
Jayapura, Jubi – Covid-19 Task Force Papua has given special attention to Biak Numfor, Jayawijaya and Boven Digoel regencies after the coronavirus transmission pattern in these regions are indicated to increase.
The number of coronavirus patients from Boven Digoel significantly increased from three to 17 cases, while in Jayapura it rose from four to 17 cases. In Biak Numfor, the increase was even more fantastic, from 31 to 71 cases within a week.
All patients in Boven Digoel are mine workers. Due to the limitation of health facilities in Boven Digoel, they are currently under medical attention in Merauke Public Hospital.
Concerning this, Boven Digoel deputy regent has publicly asked the Papua Provincial Government in a meeting with Papua Governor Klemen Tinal to forcibly close the mining that is allegedly operating without a license.
A similar request was also expressed by regents of Mappi, Asmat, Pegunungan Bintang, and Yahukimo because people infected by the virus are mostly from the mining sites.
“Next Tuesday, a meeting has been scheduled (to discuss the coronavirus transmission in the mining sites). However, we have conducted a rapid test to 600 people (at the mining sites),” said Silwanus Soemoele, the spokesperson for COVID 19 Task Force Papua on Saturday (13/6/2020).
Soemoele said there are 17 mining sites that are supposedly illegal operating in Boven Digoel, Mappi, Asmat, Pegunungan Bintang and Yahukimo but the three most prominent sites located in Bravo Tujuh, Pisang-Pisang and Kawe.
“The medical team of Covid-19 Task Force Papua has communicated with the local governments. We agreed to provide a rapid test, swab test, and VTM (viral transport medium) to store the specimens. We are willing to pick up the result of their swab test as well,” said Soemoele.
He warned the local governments, and especially the Boven Digoel government because the number of patients infected by the coronavirus in their region has exceeded those in Merauke Regency. Therefore, he asked medical workers in Boven Digoel to increase their monitoring towards health issues and detect the spread of virus transmission through the rapid test.
“The government must take practical steps to address the Covid-19 transmission in Boven Digoel.” (*)
Reporter: Angela Flassy
Editor: Aris Munandar
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