Measles Outbreak in Papua’s Asmat Stopped: TNI

Military chief Air Marshal Hadi Tjahjanto on Thursday (01/02) said a devastating measles outbreak that affected 600 children in Asmat, Papua, has ended, though health services will still be provided to anyone afflicted with the infection. (Photo courtesy of TNI)

By : Telly Nathalia | on 1:56 PM February 02, 2018
Category : News, Health, Human Rights, Food, Disasters

Jakarta. Military chief Air Marshal Hadi Tjahjanto on Thursday (01/02) said a devastating measles outbreak that affected 600 children in Asmat, Papua, has ended, though health services will still be provided to anyone afflicted with the infection.

Hadi visited Asmat with other ranking Indonesian Military (TNI) officials. TNI will install satellite stations and provide satellite phones to bolster communication between medical workers in the area and military headquarters in Jakarta.

"I am thankful that the measles outbreak that affected 600 children has ended today […] 13,336 children have been vaccinated by the military’s medical task force," Hadi said in a statement.

TNI will continue providing medical aid to residents in 224 villages in Asmat.

"We will continue to provide medical services to people in Asmat," he concluded.

The military first sent medical workers to Asmat on Jan. 17. Many children in that district also suffer from malnourishment.

More than 70 children have died due to measles in Asmat since the outbreak first spread.

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