Government prepares sustainable program to address Asmat problems

Jakarta (ANTARA News) - The Indonesian government has prepared a sustainable program after the extraordinary status of measles and malnutrition in Asmat District, Papua, has been lifted.

"The Ministry of Social Affairs has prepared the Emergency Response Unit Forum (Tagana) and 46 mentors to support the implementation of the Family Hope Program (PKH) and the distribution of rice social assistance (Rastra)," Social Affairs Minister Idrus Marham said here on Monday.

In addition, the ministry has also prepared the Village Disaster Alert (KSB) to handle Asmat people continuously.

"The Village Disaster Alert will be officially inaugurated by Coordinating Minister for Human Development and Culture Puan Maharani," the minister said.

Health Minister Nila Moeloek earlier said as many as 13,300 children in Asmat District, Papua Province have been vaccinated as an effort to control the epidemic of measles.

Not all sub-districts in Asmat District, however, get the vaccination due to difficult terrain.

The ministry has alternately deployed medical personnel and delivered aid packages every 10 days to handle measles and malnutrition in Asmat.

The medical personnel provided assistance in hospitals and church halls, Moeloek revealed.

"Some people have returned to their homes. However, if they do not get any health supervision from medical institutions, there could be recurrence of the disease," she explained.

Source: ANTARA News

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