Public health services in Timika, West Papua, are safe from pandemic

Public health services in Timika, West Papua, are safe from pandemic

Head of the Mimika Health Office Reynold Ubra said thank God that public health services in the remote mountainous and coastal areas, from  Potowayburu to Jita sub-districts, Mimika District, Papua Province, remain unaffected by the ongoing novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.

In uneasy the potential spread of COVID-19 in the district’s administrative areas, the health authorities have outlined health protocols on the basis of a mapping of green, yellow, and red risk zones of COVID-19. Five neighborhoods in Mimika are still categorized as red zones or high-risk areas for the infection: Tembagapura neighborhood in Tembagapura Sub-district, Amamapare Village in Mimika Timur Jauh Sub-district, Kwamki neighborhood in Mimika Baru Sub-district, Wonosari Jaya neighborhood in Wania Sub-district, and Kuala Kencana neighborhood in Kuala Kencana Sub-district.

The Mimika Health Office has planned to deploy a team of doctors and paramedics to serve people in coastal villages, including Yapakopa, Aindua, and Ararau, in Mimika Barat Jauh Sub-district.

Over the past years, Mimika District has been striving to tackle diseases, such as malaria, tuberculosis, and HIV/AIDS. The COVID-19 pandemic has further raised public health-related challenges. As of Sept 11, some 957 people had contracted COVID-19, of which 758 fully recovered, while seven others yielded to the deadly virus that causes COVID-19.

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to pose a grave threat to Papua. The General Elections Commission (KPU) authority in Papua Province revealed recently that one of its members had contracted the novel coronavirus disease and was under hospitalization at a local facility.

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