Merauke, Jubi – Seven children have died of measles in five villages of Kimaam Sub-district, Merauke Regency this month.
The five villages are Kimaam, Mambum, Kiworo, Woner and Deka.
“They died because of measles,” a medic from Kimaam, Herman Kaimbe told Jubi at the Merauke Commission A Office on Monday (25/1/2016).
Thirty children were infected with rubeola or red measles but seven of those children could not be saved. Meanwhile the rest could be treated and on recovery process.
“We have treated and gave them medicines,” he revealed.
He admitted the medical workers including doctors and nurses were on duty and they worked together in providing health assistance.
“We did our best to help those children. But seven couldn’t be helped,” he said.
Merauke Health Office Chief Stevanus Osok when contacted by phone said he has not received any report about the seven children who died of measles.
“I am now out of Merauke. I will firstly check to my staff,” he said. (Frans L. Kobun/rom)