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The Importance of Maternal and Child Health in Papua



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Timika, 24/1 (Jubi) – Yayasan Peduli AIDS (YAPEDA) supported by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) in the implementation of maternal and child health program is encouraging the importance of maternal and child health development in regards to the technical issues that were discussed in the Health Care Forum of Mimika District.

This forum was discussed about some issues related to the technical health programs that often being a challenge. Presented in this forum are Puskesmas (Community Health Center) staffs, facilitators, religious leaders, midwives and nuns.
 “Through this meeting, it was discussed the technical issues related to the maternal and child health programs and also participate in this meeting all related stakeholders who are working partners in health development, which are including the representatives of health facilitators from the Community Health Center. The Health Care Forum has been established in the three sub-districts that are Iwaka, Mimika Baru and Mimika, and in each sub-district there are seven local facilitators to encourage the local community to understand their role and their rights towards the health service,” the Local Public Service Specialist for Kinerja USAID, Jeannet Weissman said in Timika, Friday (24/1).
Further Weissman explained that some issues in field will be discussed in the Health Care Forum, and we will provide some inputs to the technical team, to the health division established by Kinerja Program. Such issues will be accommodated in this forum, and then the district level forum will advocate such issues to the district government at both executive and legislative levels.
In the discussion of the technical improvement related to the maternal and child health program issues, Rev. Ferdinan C. Hukubun said the Health Care Forum collaborated with health division of USAID Kinerja and Yayasan Peduli AIDS (Yapeda) is purposing to promote and concern on the health issues in Timika. Therefore this forum presented to be a partner of District Health Department and also to notice the relevant issues among the community in order to improve the public health services. “So it can bring some improvements in Mimika District in particularly in public services either from the level of Community Health Center to the Health Department,” he said.
Ferdinan said the purpose of this forum is to be a partner, so any confusion among the community can be straightened, any problems among the community can be solved for the health program in Mimika will be much better that last year.
Joint in this forum the representatives of health facilitators from Community Health Center, religious and traditional leaders and related multi-stakeholders for sub district level, meanwhile for district level, there are representatives of Health Department.
“In doing their tasks, the health forum will also select the complaints from the community based on their priorities, and we will try to accommodate those complaints and deliver it to the health centers and the Health Department as well in order to create the better health services,” he said.
It was explained that the purpose of Kinerja is to develop and to ensure the government’s capacity in providing the health services that are effective, safe, qualified with the efficient use of resources and to promote and encourage the supportive environment for the establishment of policy.
 “On the other hand, it also improves the administrative governance to create the appropriate health system that is responsive and involve the community,” he said.
It is said that the point of discussion in the forum is about the health services towards mother and children, namely the transportation facility such as ambulance that was not used properly by the community, in particular to transport the pregnant mothers who were referred to hospital.
“It is also concerning about the lack of welfare for the facilitators of Posyandu (Integrated Health Service Center) who are the front liners in the improvement of maternal and child health service, the blood examination for patients that was regarded by the community as very limited in the provision of blood slide for malaria test considering the increasing of frequency of malaria cases,” he said. (Jubi/Eveerth/P. Maizier)

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Papuan footballers and high education




Persipura team captain  Boaz T Solossa in his graduation ceremony at Cenderawasih University. – Jubi/courtesy

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

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Thirty new cases of COVID-19 in Papua by 9 June, city hospitals are overwhelmed.



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Infographic COVID-19 update in Papua until 9 June 2020 – COVID-19 Task Force Papua

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

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Illegal mining potentially to become new coronavirus clusters in Papua




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Jayapura, JubiCovid-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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