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Education and health services in Ngguti – Merauke Regency not running

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The Rev. Oktovianus Kaize – Jubi / Frans L Kobun

Merauke, Jubi – Health and education services have become a serious concern in some villages located in Ngguti sub-district of Merauke Regency have become a serious issue due to lack of commitment among medical and educational workers.

In regards health, none of the recruited midwives or nurses performs their job. As a result, the public health service is only carried out once a month, revealed a pastor of the Indonesian Gospel Church the Rev. Oktovianus Kaize who’s in charge in Ngguti to Jubi in Okaba on Friday (2/11/2018).

He found out about this when he and his congregations visited people in villages for their service. They often met people who were ill and almost couldn’t move their bodies. Therefore they surrender in their pain. “Then I pray on them and give them motivation to not despair,” he said.

According to the pastor, though there is no medical staff in the village, the public health centre (puskesmas) should provide the health service at least once a week.

“If it only provides once a month, of course, people who already get sick can’t do anything because the distance between the villages and sub-district is very far,” he said.

Meanwhile, the Former Head of Merauke District Health Office, dr. Stefanus Osok said when he was still in the office; most villages had a midwife who’s responsible for providing a regular health service.

“Indeed I often get information that health workers are rarely not in their post. So it’s become a serious concern for the regional health office,” he said.

Poor educational services

Teaching and learning activities in Ngguti sub-district of Merauke Regency are also not running well. It impacts the pupils who are mostly indigenous Papuans.

“I often provide church services to the villages and found out that teachers often skip their responsibility in educating children,” said the Rev. Oktovianus Kaize. “They like to spend more time in the city for months rather than teaching children. As a result, these children cannot get their rights on knowledge properly.”

He further said, “It’s true that there are non-civil servant teachers recruited for teaching in the villages, but once they find out there is a recruitment test for civil servants, they go to the town. While the teachers that already obtained the status of civil servant almost never come to school,” he said.

However, the pastor said he did not know for sure whether the Merauke Local Government acknowledge the facts that teachers are absent and chose to live in the town.

Meanwhile, Moses Kaibu, Chairman of Commission A for Education of Merauke House of Representative (DPRD), emphasizes that his office repeatedly highlighted the poor education services, especially in villages, all the time.

“I have repeatedly asked the government that teachers should not leave their place of duty. But it seems that they didn’t listen,” he said. (*)

Reporter: Ans K
Editor: Pipit Maizier

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Current conditions of Nduga refugees: getting sick, trauma and injuries

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Women and children in Yigi Sub-district come to the central of sub-district from refugee camp to meet the evacuation team. – Jubi/Victor Mambor

Wamena, Jubi – The health care team of Province Papua assisted by the Health Office of Nduga Regency, which was deployed to provide health services in sub-districts affected by gun conflict in Nduga, has returned to Wamena after serving the community.

Based on three days health examination (from 8 to 10 January 2019) implemented in sub-districts of Mbua, Dal and Mbulmu Yalma, they found common diseases appeared among the refugees.

The health care team coordinator dr Beery I. S Wopari explained this happened due to lacking food supplies. “In our struggling to overcome the geographical challenge during the services, there are indeed some diseases that dominantly found among adults and children,” he told reporters in Wamena on Friday evening (11/1/2019).

He added that his team found many cases of joint and bone pain as well as the pain in the entire body and headache. There are also some cases of high blood pressure among men and women.

Meanwhile for children, infants and toddlers, the common diseases found in respiratory infectious diseases such as flu and cough as well as diarrhoea, intestinal worms and wounds. They also found some pregnant women among the refugees. 

Many children also have wounds in their body as a result of falling in the running.

Dr Wopari also revealed that there are three adults wounded by gunshot, but they didn’t come to treatment so that the team only gave medication to reduce pain.

Meanwhile, a member of health care team Elianus Tabuni admitted that the deployed team has 16 people consisting of specialists, medical practitioners, and nurses and assisted by a team from the Health Office of Nduga Regency. The three days services concentrated in three sub-districts, Mbua, Dal and Mbulmu Yalma, Nduga Regency plus Ilekma Sub-district, Jayawijaya Regency because many people fled to Wamena.

The team also planned to go to Yigi Sub-district in the third day, but due to an unfavourable situation, they returned to Wamena to continue their service there.

We communicated with the military regarding the update situation in Yigi. They suggested us not to come to the area because of gunshots arbitrary caught in this area. We assumed it was a bad sign for us to continue our journey to Yigi Sub-district,” said Elianus Tabuni.

He also admitted besides the geographical difficulties and cold weather, people who come for treatment didn’t trust them for the first time.

They might be traumatic thus they ever questioned us whether we came to help them, to provide health services or another else,” said Tabuni. (*)

 

Reporter: Islami Adisubrata

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Papuan youth church ministry held aid solidarity for Nduga

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Nduga residents forced to exile from their villages. – Jubi / IST

Nduga, Jubi – On 5 January 2019, the Catholic Youth and their young fellows of Papuan Baptist Church, GIDI and GKI formed a Youth Church Ministry for Nduga Aid Solidarity.

Everyone is responsible for representing their institutions for this solidarity,” said Alfonsa Wayap, the Secretary of the Youth Church Ministry for Nduga Aid Solidarity.

The Catholic Youth has sent letters to seven parishes under Jayapura deanery of Jayapura Diocese, that are the churches of Kristus Terang Dunia Waena, Kristus Juru Selamat Kotaraja, Santo Fransiskus Assisi APO, Gembala Baik Abepura, Santo Petrus and Santo Paulus Argapura.

The deanery of Jayapura preferred because it locates in the capital city of Papua Province, Jayapura, which known as the centre of education and economic development of Papua. Thus, these young people pinned their hopes to its residents to get involved for solidarity.

I wrote to the parish priest. We hope they will announce it to people in the Sunday mass on 6 January,” she said.

Meanwhile, Deacon David Wilil Pr, the assistant of Parish Priest of Kristus Terang Dunia Waena, confirmed received the letter from the Catholic Youth. “We already received the letter. I have submitted it to the board of the Parish Council. There the board will talk,” he said. 

About the aid, the Coordinator of Youth Ministry for Nduga Aid Solidarity Yendinus Mabel who’s also the General Chairman of GIDI Youth said this solidarity is solely concerned about the humanity regardless of political interest.

Moreover, donations collected from seven parishes brought to the secretariat of aid solidarity in GIDI Headquarters located in Jl. PLN, Sentani of Jayapura Regency, 26 kilometres from Jayapura City to be transferred to Nduga.

Travelling from the capital city of Papua to Nduga Regency is not easy. People can only access it through Jayawijaya Regency which takes about 45 minutes by air plane flying from Jayapura. Then we should spend almost a day travel by car to reach Nduga and take more two days on the road to reach the location of refugees.

We hope this aid will go to the right persons,” he told Jubi.

In the meantime, Ester Haluk who represents her colleagues of KINGMI Papua said this aid is critical to help Nduga resident reducing their life burden and trauma against the military operation.

There is a trauma among the refugees. As a human being, we want to be comfortable, feeling safe, free to work to fulfil their basic needs.” (*)

 

Reporter: Benny Mawel

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Three refugees reportedly died in Nduga Forest

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Nduga residents forced to exile from their villages. – Jubi / IST

Jayapura, Jubi – Following the military operation by the Indonesian Army in Nduga, Papua since mid-December 2018, local people are forced taking refuge to the forests to save their lives.

Until now, they live in huts, move from one village to another,” said Alfonsa Wayap, the Chairwoman of Regional Youth Catholic Commissariat of Papua Province to Jubi on (08/01/2019) in Abepura, Jayapura City, Papua.

She said that the health condition of the refugees is increasingly alarming from time to time.  Many children and adults currently experience malnutrition. Even some of them died due to lack of food.

Three infants reportedly died because of hunger,” continued Wayap, who’s also the Secretary of Youth Ministry for Nduga Aid Solidarity.

According to her, the infants who died in Yal Sub-district are two years old Ubugina Unue, one-year-old Bugun Unue and five years old Raina Kogoya.

Further, the local people, she said, also informed that there are ten pregnant women among them in refugee camps. Some church fellows then confirmed that there are four pregnant women in Yigi Sub-district, five from Yal Sub-district, and one from Mapenduma Sub-district.

Four women identified as Leribina Gwijangge (20), Lerni Gwijangge (18), Elsina Kogeya (35) and Bobina Kogeya (16) have given birth, while others are still waiting for their due date. (*)

 

Reporter: Benny Mawel

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