Until the end of September 2020, 1,037 mosquito nets were distributed to 224 villages in Asmat Regency, Papua. The effort to distribute the free mosquito nets is in order to achieve a malaria-free in Papua by 2030. Asmat District Health Office has to distribute and also has to socialize before residents get a mosquito net a total of 17 health centers.
“This year, we received 1,037 bed nets from the government distributed to 23 districts with 224 existing villages,” said Richard Marino, Head of the Asmat Health Service, Friday (2/10).
The program for distributing mosquito nets have long been carried out by health workers, especially for pregnant women and toddlers through the Posyandu program. Every year, the help of mosquito nets from the Ministry of Health arrives in Asmat, apart from fogging or spraying malaria mosquito repellents as quickly as possible. The distribution of the mosquito nets is hampered by the terrain for the medical team have to pass. Asmat Regency along with rivers, so the main mode of transportation is using speedboats or longboats.
“The distribution of the mosquito nets require expensive operational costs due to sending to remote areas, “said Richard. However, by the end of September 2020, all the mosquito nets had been distributed. Richard also hopes that this mosquito net can be used to do what it takes so that Papua is malaria-free by 2030.
“Don’t use this mosquito net for capturing shrimp,” said Richard again.