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HIV/AIDS Transmission from Mother to Child High in Papua

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Jayapura, Jubi – Cases of HIV/AIDS transmission cases from mother to child are the second largest after heterosexual transmission in Papua, the Papua Health Office said in its quarterly report per 31 March 2016.

Cases of heterosexual transmission reached 24,543 while the transmission from mother to child reached 460 cases (141 HIV and 319 AIDS). The third higher case is the unidentified transmission, namely 124 cases (60 HIV and 64 AIDS).

The Head of Papua Health Office, drg. Aloysias Giay said the Ministry of Health urged the provincial office to restrain the number. “We have been asked to restrain the number that nationally reach 25,215 of the existing cases, but it grows faster,” he said by phone on Monday (27/6/2016).

He worried about the increment of identified cases, but from the point of health service, they have made an achievement because the more cases are identified, it helped to identify its cares and preventions.

“We could be considered being success in identifying the number of cases, therefore we can provide assistance to the patients and provide the understanding to those who have nor yet transmitted,” he said.

He said the provincial office keep continuing to reduce the number of HIV/AIDS patients. One of the actions taken is by establishing the health task unit for the villages. “We have sent the team to the villages. They are now in the villages to provide assistance for the local community,” he said.

Papua human right activist Paneas Lokbere said the number of patients is increasingly raised but the government’s act in preventing the transmission of this disease has not given impact every year. “Sometimes ago the government was busy with the media campaign but now it’s rarely broadcasted, also the billboards on the street,” he said. (Benny Mawel).

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Marine debris affect fish quality in Jayapura

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A fisherman moored his boat in Engros, Youtefa. – Jubi / Agus Pabika

Jayapura, Jubi – Womsumbro, a fisherman who’s one of the recipients of the Cold Chain System (SRD), told Jubi that the household rubbish from the city residents become a problem for some fishermen as it pollutes the marine habitat.

“When we run our boats, the machine is often stuck because it hit the garbage. There are many types of marine debris such as plastic bottles, disposable diapers or sanitary napkins which also affect the quality of the fish we caught,” he said on Tuesday (07/31/2018).

Meanwhile, Jayapura Deputy Mayor H. Rustan Saru hopes the SRD program by Jayapura Municipal Government via the Fisheries Office can improve the quality of the fish.

“We should ensure that the quality of fish for the market or human consumption is good. The rubbish has not just created a problem but also reduced the quality of fish.” (*)

 

Reporter: Agus Pabika

Editor: Pipit Maizier

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Local communities work together to combat city waste in Nabire

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Wate Tribal Chief Yohan Raiki / Wana (holding a black plastic bag), is picking up trash with Amoye Community on the green path located in the front of Malompo Nabire Catholic Church. – Jubi / Titus Ruban.

Nabire, Jubi – Nabire has struggled with the problem of city waste. A pile of garbage is stacked in the markets and scattered along the coastal area and the river, especially in a green path area started from Tugu Cenderawasih to in front of Nabire General Hospital.

A local community, Amoye Community who is part of Kopena (Komunitas Peduli Nabire), initiated an act of cleaning garbage every week along the path. However, it doesn’t work alone. On Tuesday afternoon (24/7/2018), Amoye Community along with Wate Tribal Council (WTA), who is one of the landowners in Nabire City, cleaned the green path.

Yohan Raiki/Wanaha, the Wate Tribal Chief of sub-village Oyehe, said Nabire City is like a house of everyone. Whoever you are, no matter which tribe you come from or what your religion is, as long as you live in Nabire, we have an obligation to the environment,” he said on Thursday (24/7/2018) after doing the activity.

Meanwhile, the Chairman of the Amoye Community Bentot Yatipai said the Regional Regulation on Waste Management actually has been approved and legalised by Nabire House of Representatives six months ago.

“The regulation has sent to the Legal Bureau Office of the Provincial Government for further legitimation. However, it has no answer yet. (*)

 

Reporter: Titus Ruban

Editor: Pipit Maizier

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Waste Bank Kenambai Umbai started from a desire of clean city

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Activity in the Waste Bank Kenambai Umbai. – Jubi/BSKU Doc

Sentani, Jubi – Wawa Farah, the Director of the Waste Bank ‘Kenambai Umbai’ where located in Jayapura District, has the fruit of the spirit to create a clean environment for Jayapura District and Jayapura City. It’s a reason she established a waste bank.

“I was touched and moved by the beauty of the land of Papua as featured in Edo Kondologit’s song, a little paradise that fell to the earth,” she said in Sentani on Saturday (21/7/2018).

She explained that each plastic waste has the different price, it goes approximately Rp 1,500 to Rp 2,500 per kilogram.

“The most expensive is a sort of mixed-type plastic such as cracked basin, whereas used plastic bottles are considerably cheaper between Rp 1,000 and Rp 1,500 per kilogram,” she said.

Meanwhile, Rina, a worker at the Waste Bank Kenambai Umbai, said workers are not only sorting out of the garbage but also going out around of Sentani City (Jayapura District) to collect used plastic bottles from kiosks or machine shops.

“Yesterday we had to go around the city to collect the garbage. We came to several machine shops to buy used oil bottles and some shops to collect the used mineral water bottles.” (*)

 

Reporter: Yance Wenda

Editor: Pipit Maizier

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