A Movement to Accelerate Elimination of Malaria in Papua

goodmorningpapua.com – The Ministry of Health of the Republic of Indonesia (Kemenkes RI) launched the Movement to Accelerate the Elimination of Malaria in Papua in 2027.

The movement, which was combined with the Malaria Eradication Month Movement and Gebrak Siamal (Malaria Alert) in Jayapura Regency, took place at the apple field of the Jayapura Regency Regent’s Office, Monday, October 3, 2022.

The Movement for the Acceleration of Malaria Elimination was attended by the Director General of Disease Prevention and Control (P2P) of the Indonesian Ministry of Health, Dr. dr. Maxi Rein Rondonuwu, Jayapura Regent Mathius Awoitauw and other Acting Regents.

The Director General of P2P at the Indonesian Ministry of Health, Maxi Rein Rondonuwu, said that the declaration of this movement was conducted because of the number of malaria cases in Papua was still the highest in all of Indonesia.

The number of malaria cases in Papua is recorded at 83 percent, or the index is still very high. “This movement is the most important thing is the commitment of regional leaders, because if there is no commitment then the downward movement will not work,” said Maxi Rein Rondonuwu.

For Maxi, malaria elimination in Papua can be done if the whole community is willing to do a malaria test (screening test). This step is useful to cut off transmission through mosquito bites.

In addition, he continued, environmental cleanliness by preventing puddles of water is very important for the entire community. “If we find malaria and drugs and are supported by a clean environment, I think Papua will be free of malaria,” he said.

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