Limited health facilities leave Papua facing tough COVID-19 fight

first_imgThere are only seven pulmonologists and 73 ventilators in around 45 hospitals in the province, according to an official count. Papua also has a very limited supply of hazmat suits and only around 10,000 rapid test kits, at least 60,000 short of what is needed, according to Silwanus.“We are not ready but we have to be ready with whatever resources we have because the enemy is already here. […] Even in normal circumstances, we have very limited medical infrastructure and a shortage of workers,” he said.Papua restricted entry into the nation’s easternmost region, closing down airports and seaports in an effort to stem the spread of COVID-19 shortly after the province recorded its first two confirmed cases on March 22.However, the number of cases has continued to increase with the local government struggling to contain the disease partly because of the difficulties tracing new cases with the limited supply of test kits and personal protection equipment (PPE).  “I know this might sound harsh for some people but this is the fact; if you do not want to die, do not come to Papua,” Silwanus Sumule, a doctor who works in Jayapura, said in a recent phone interview with The Jakarta Post.Silwanus is also the spokesperson for the Papua COVID-19 response team.When the first COVID-19 cases were detected in Indonesia, he knew right away that Papua was not ready to handle the highly infectious disease. As of Sunday, Papua had recorded 141 confirmed cases and six deaths, according to the Health Ministry. All were imported cases brought by people who traveled back from Java and Sulawesi.”So, please don’t come here, do not give us more new imported cases. Let us deal with what we have right now,” Silwanus said.Read also: Papua restricts entry as concerns mount over lack of facilities to treat COVID-19In stark contrast, the neighboring province of West Papua has recorded just 16 cases and one death.However, Silwanus said the lower number of recorded infections in West Papua could also be a reflection of a lack of tracing and testing.West Papua, according to Silwanus, did not even have a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test machine, leaving it heavily dependent on Jakarta to process both rapid and PCR tests.Papua, on the other hand, has one machine in Jayapura.Another issue is that all major hospitals in Papua are located in big cities. With its challenging geographical terrain and lack of healthcare facilities, there are serious concerns over how people in the highlands can mitigate the outbreak once the virus reaches them.Some cases have been found in several of Papua’s remote regions, including one confirmed case in Central Mamberamo regency in the Pegunungan Tengah mountain range and one in Wamena, a city in the Baliem Valley.“That means the virus has advanced to several areas in the highlands, but we will not give up that easy. We will try to focus on tracing contacts of these cases. We have recorded 130 contacts of the case in Mamberamo,” Silwanus said. “If the virus infected more people in the remote highlands, it would be a serious problem for us.”Around four weeks ago, Freddy Edowai, 32, a civil servant working in Deiyai regency, also located in the Pegunungan Tengah region, traveled some 130 kilometers to Nabire to visit his wife and child.He could not return to Deiyai because the Nabire administration had enforced a lockdown and closed the roads connecting the regencies. Deiyai and other remote regencies in Papua, such as Paniai, Intan Jaya and Dogiyai, have also carried out similar measures.“I think closing the roads is our best option to prevent the virus from spreading to rural areas,” Freddy said. “People can help authorities by staying at home.”Having grown up in Deiyai, he said the regency had long struggled with access to clean water and basic health care.Read also: Jokowi moves Papua’s 2020 National Games to next yearIn Nabire, meanwhile, three confirmed cases have been recorded and authorities are conducting rapid tests on dozens of people under surveillance (ODP).“We are really working with limited resources. The hazmat suits we have are only enough for the next couple of days,” Frans Sayori, the spokesperson for the Nabire COVID-19 response team, said recently.Nabire Regional General Hospital is now a referral hospital for COVID-19 that covers at least four other regencies in remote mountain areas.A number of medical workers have decided to spend their own money to purchase boots, goggles and even raincoats to protect themselves.“My fellow medical workers asked me to conduct tests on them because they are at higher risk as they are in close contact with confirmed patients and ODPs, but we do not have enough rapid test kits. I have to use them for the ODPs first,” Frans said.The restrictions on entry into the province have hindered aid distribution in Nabire.“Some individuals and organizations have told us that they wanted to send help to us, like hazmat suits, but it was hard to reach us,” Frans said. “It is understandable to lock down the area. But I hope there will be solutions for aid distribution. Please help us so it can arrive in Nabire.”Meanwhile, the number of confirmed cases in Mimika regency has gradually surpassed the number recorded in Jayapura city and Jayapura regency, two areas that were hit the hardest at the beginning of the outbreak.As of Sunday, 41 cases and three deaths had been recorded in Mimika, followed by Jayapura city with 39 cases and three deaths and Jayapura regency with 29 cases and one death, according to the Papua COVID-19 response team. The provincial death toll, however, differed from the Health Ministry’s count.John Giyai, 41, a resident of Mimika’s capital Timika, has stayed at home for a month and not seen his family in Asmat, Papua. He has tried his best to maintain personal hygiene and avoid contracting the disease while in self-isolation.“If I get infected, I think my chances of surviving are very thin because our health facilities are not ready for this,” John said.“Authorities said we have to clean up with clean water, but I know there are many people [in Timika] who do not have access to clean water,” he said. “They told us to wear masks, but masks disappeared in early March in Timika.”A lack of information from the local government has left people unaware of the threat posed by COVID-19, with John saying he had noticed that some of his neighbors were continuing to hang out in groups.Read also: ‘Political prisoners’ turn to UN amid COVID-19 threatWhile every region in Indonesia has said it was not ready for the pandemic, Papua is among the most vulnerable provinces.At 32.8 percent, it has one of the highest rates of stunting in the country, according to the 2018 Basic Health Research (Riskesdas), an indication of micronutrient deficiencies and insufficient hygiene.Statistics Indonesia data from 2019 also showed that Papua had the highest poverty rate in Indonesia at 27.53 percent.The COVID-19 disease emerged in Papua not long after a deadly outbreak of communal violence occurred late last year, which observers said could worsen the handling of the outbreak.A recent report by the Institute for Policy Analysis of Conflict (IPAC) found there was still tension and that many native Papuans portrayed  the virus as being brought in by non-native migrants and the military, adding to the hostilities and suspicions. IPAC recommended that the government “support the provincial government in its [COVID-19] lockdown efforts, while ensuring unimpeded delivery of humanitarian supplies”.Topics :last_img read more

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Courage Marine Eyes Blockchain Joint Venture

first_imgOwner and operator of bulk carriers Courage Marine Group has entered into a memorandum of agreement (MOU) with Dragon Net, and its owner, to form a joint venture.Under the deal, reached on October 20, Courage Marine will explore the possibility of cooperation by way of setting up of a joint venture with Dragon Net or acquiring a part of the equity interest in the company.The parties have agreed upon an exclusivity period of thirty days from the date of the MOU, which is not legally binding save for the provisions for confidentiality, exclusivity and jurisdiction.Courage Marine expected to commence due diligence works on Dragon Net upon the signing of the MOU.Dragon Net, incorporated in the People’s Republic of China with limited liability, is owned as to 90% by Mr. Zhou and 10% by another PRC resident. The company is principally engaged in the research and development of blockchain technology, as well as asset digitisation and exchange platform.As blockchain technology could be applied to certain principal activities of Courage Marine Group, such as marine transportation services and merchandise trading, and could “improve management efficiency, enhance security and lower information management costs,” it is expected that the development into blockchain technology can enhance its financial performance.As the MOU is not legally binding and is subject to the entering into of the formal agreement, the possible cooperation under the MOU “may or may not proceed,” according to Courage Marine.last_img read more

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‘Porn is a public health crisis’ – experts call for government inquiry into health effects of porn

first_imgTVNZ One News 5 March 2017Pornography might be a difficult subject to discuss for many, but experts say it is causing huge damage to individuals and the community.There are now calls for a parliamentary inquiry into the public health effects and societal harms of what’s being described as a “public health crisis”.Anti violence campaigner, Richie Hardcore first discovered porn when he was just 10-years-old. While he’s never been addicted and has since stopped, Mr Hardcore says porn did shape his views of sex and relationships negatively. Technology has made adult content more readily available than ever before. “With all the focus on the physical side of things, you know there’s never any discussion about mutuality of pleasure or feelings or intimacy, porn’s very mechanical and it follows a set narrative,” he said. There’s now a generation who’ve been educated about sex through the internet.READ MORE: https://www.tvnz.co.nz/one-news/new-zealand/porn-public-health-crisis-experts-call-government-inquiry-into-effectsKeep up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.last_img read more

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‘Project 229’, Batesville Area Arts Council offers local pictorial collection

first_imgBatesville, In. — The Batesville Area Arts Council (Formerly RAA) says production of the hardcover, professional art photography book is complete and can be ordered online or at a series of upcoming events while supplies last. The chapters make up a collection of the unique, historic and beautiful scenes of the Batesville and Oldenburg areas.Project 229 is inspired by the roadway that connects our communities, State Road 229. The name is designed to create curiosity, and ultimately an appreciation of the beautiful corner of the state we call home.Here’s a list of special events planned to make the book available to the public:Friday, November 9 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. during the Ripley County Community Foundation Day of GivingSaturday, November 10 at the Jen Saner Studio from 10 a.m. to noonTuesday, November 13 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Amack’s WellFriday, November 30 from 5 to 8 p.m. Amack’s WellSaturday, December 1 (Time TBA) at the Holy Family Church Gymnasium in OldenburgCopies of the book can also be ordered online here. Orders can be shipped for $6 or picked up.last_img read more

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Man City to offer €100m plus three players for Messi

first_img Promoted Content8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its GrowthA Soviet Shot Put Thrower’s Record Hasn’t Been Beaten To This DayWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?No Good Disney Role Models For Boys?7 Worst Things To Do To Your PhoneYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of AnimeMost Beautiful Female Supermodels From India6 Incredibly Strange Facts About HurricanesA Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic BombsWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?Who Earns More Than Ronaldo?9 Best Movie Robots Of All Time read also:JUST-IN: Lionel Messi ‘will report to Barca training on Monday’ Sport reports Messi has already contacted Manchester City coach Pep Guardiola and wants to reunite with the former Barca coach in England. The Premier League side are reportedly willing to offer €100m plus Gabriel Jesus, Bernardo Silva and Eric Garcia to convince the Blaugrana. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Barcelona captain, Leonel Messi, has reportedly told Pep Guardiola that he wants to join him at Manchester City and the Citizens are preparing to offer €100m plus three players. Inter have been linked with a move for the Argentine talisman, who wants to terminate his contract in Catalonia. But the reports in Spain claim City are in pole position and prepare a huge offer to convince the Catalans.Advertisementcenter_img Loading… last_img read more

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Emmanuel Adebayor set for debut as Dwight Gayle absence put down to injury

first_imgAlan Pardew plans to give Emmanuel Adebayor his Crystal Palace debut against Bournemouth on Tuesday. Adebayor’s arrival last Tuesday on a free transfer until the end of the season will likely further limit Gayle’s first-team chances, given he was already far from a regular. Swansea having reportedly bid £7million for him suggested Pardew had left him out to encourage the transfer, even if that is something he denies. “Dwight got four goals in our pre-game (training match) we have on a Friday, but was injured (on Saturday),” Pardew said. “We’ve kind of pencilled (Adebayor) in to be involved on Tuesday, so we’ll have to wait and see. I think there’s a good chance. “We had a few players missing (against Stoke), lost a couple at half-time, but everybody really put in a performance at their level or above their level, and you can’t ask for more than that. “You could see by the results in the FA Cup, the Premier League (teams are) taking this competition a lot more seriously than before.” Stoke manager Mark Hughes had made eight changes to the team that had lost on penalties to Liverpool in the Capital One Cup semi-final. This Tuesday they travel to Manchester United in the Premier League and Hughes is concerned that not only will several of those unavailable for Saturday’s defeat at Palace not be ready for selection at Old Trafford, but that an injury suffered at Palace by defender Marc Wilson could be so serious he may have to sign a replacement. Press Association But the manager insisted only injury kept him from selecting Dwight Gayle for Saturday’s 1-0 defeat of Stoke in the fourth round of the FA Cup, when t he impressive Wilfried Zaha scored the game’s only goal. Pardew had previously spoken of his concerns surrounding Adebayor’s lack of match-fitness, but the absence of Gayle increased speculation he is to leave for Swansea. Asked whether the likes of Peter Crouch, Glen Johnson and Marko Arnautovic will be ready to return, Hughes said: “There’s still a doubt. “We’ve got bad news with Marc Wilson. We’re a little bit stretched at the back. Marc Wilson looks like he’s got a bad knee injury, the physio thinks he’s got medial ligament damage so he’s going to be out for a period of maybe 10-12 weeks unfortunately. “It might force our hand. We’re a little bit threadbare, Ryan Shawcross is injured as well, Geoff Cameron isn’t available, and Marc Muniesa’s only come back in after injury so we might have to do a short-term thing.” last_img read more

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“Warm-up” Sessions Set at ETC

first_img admin Hancock County Court News Nov. 3 thorugh Dec. 11 – January 22, 2015 ELLSWORTH — The Ellsworth Tennis Center will be hosting two “warm-up” sessions for the upcoming high school tennis season.Experienced and beginning players are invited to participate in the Friday sesssions from 5:30 to 8 p.m. March 20 and April 3.The two clinics will provide an opportunity for experienced players to re-tune their strokes and for beginners to learn some basic skills.ETC professionals will organize multiple courts of play from basic instruction to advance drills to accommodate players of all levels.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textThe cost is $15 for one session or $25 with advanced registration for both sessions for those who are not ETC members.Players are encouraged to call 664-0400 to sign up or for more information since space may be limited. Latest posts by admin (see all) State budget vs. job creation – January 22, 2015center_img Bio Latest Posts House fire in Winter Harbor – October 27, 2014last_img read more

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Hemraj Targeting PCL call-up

first_imgAFTER a solid performance is the just concluded Jaguars Franchise League three-day tournament, talented batsman, Chanderpaul Hemraj, feels he stands a good chance in reviving his first-class career.Hemraj is aiming for when the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB), Professional Cricket League (PCL) four-day tournament bowls off next month.The 23-year-old batsman, who hails from the village of Cane Grove on the East Coast Demerara, smashed the highest individual score in the eight-team tournament, 250, and was the fourth highest run-scorer, with 562 runs.Dubbed as one of the most promising cricketers of the Region, Hemraj has had little success in his short first-class career to date.The former West Indies Under-19 batsman, who has the ambition of representing the West Indies in all formats at the senior level, has appeared in five first-class matches, but played his last game in April 2014,against the Leeward Islands.Four of those matches have been played on foreign soil, and Hemraj has managed 131 runs at an average of 13.10 with a highest score of 34.However, the talented batsman,in an exclusive interview yesterday,said he is pleased with his overall performance and feels his chances of a first-class return is just around the corner.“Before the start of the tournament, I had my goals set out. My goal was to produce a solid performance with the bat, and I think I have achieved that,” Hemraj said.He added “With that performance, I hope it sent a message to the selectors, and I am confident that my first-class career will be back on track”.Hemraj, who is among the academy’s players named by Cricket Guy Inc (CGI) in November last year, can only make his first-class return this season on a ‘Pay-for-Play’ basis, since he is not a contracted player with the Guyana Jaguars nor was he a part of the Player Draft for the 2016-2017 season, which took place on June 16, at the Coppin/Cozier/Short Media Centre at Kensington Oval in Bridgetown, Barbados.Meanwhile, the 2016-2017 PCL is set to begin on November 11, and veteran West Indies batsman Shivnarine Chanderpaul heads the list of the Guyana Jaguars contracted players.Chanderpaul, the region’s most capped Test player (164 Tests), is expected to play a mentor role, since Chairman of Selectors and former national fast bowler, Rayon Griffith,opted for a number of young players.However, the Guyana Jaguars opted for its local players, with only 21-year-old Trinidad and Tobago all-rounder Vikash Mohan,being the only new imported draft choice.Barbadian left-handed all-rounder,Raymon Reifer,is the other foreign player, but he was one of ten players retained by the Guyana Jaguars.The other contracted players for the new season are: Shimron Hetmyer, Tagenarine Chanderpaul, Vishaul Singh, Assad Fudadin, Christopher Barnwell, Veerasammy Permaul, Gudakesh Motie, Keon Joseph, Anthony Bramble, Steven Jacobs, Paul Wintz and Romario Shephard.Further, it must be noted that batsmen Leon Johnson and Rajendra Chandrika, along with leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo, were not considered for contracts since they all have WICB retainer contracts.last_img read more

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It’s better for administrators to step aside than players – Viv continues WICB attack

first_imgFORMER West Indies captain Viv Richards has continued his criticism of regional cricket administrators insisting that it is more beneficial to the game for officials to step down than players to be left out of the team.In recent years, frequent disputes between the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) and numerous players, combined with various pieces of legislation, have left several players unavailable for selection. Richards, who recently chided the WICB for its role in what he believes to be the alienation of players, has continued the attack.“We have issues with our administrators. We have players defecting … they don’t want to represent their country anymore. They go for the easiest process … all the leagues around the world. There is too much infighting in terms of players versus administration. So there must be a reason for individuals to divert their interests. There is a huge problem there,” Richards said.“There are personality issues at administrators’ level which have gone to an all-time high in my opinion. They should start governing the game properly for which they are elected. In our society there is no one who has respect, if he has failed to do something … and so why not eliminate them from the whole administrative process?There has to be a change. I don’t know, if that’s all because of money. But it’s been going on for too long. No one is willing to say: ‘Okay we have failed in this and that: let me resign.’ I guess sometimes, that it’s too attractive and lucrative for individuals at that particular level to let go.”Chris Gayle, Darren Bravo, Dwayne Bravo and Kieron Pollard number among those missing for the West Indies at various points, often opting to take part in various T20 leagues around the world.last_img read more

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UNICAL Malabites Rule 2019 HiFL Season

first_imgThe 2019 edition of the Higher Institutions Football League (HiFL), ended in grand style with University of Calabar, Malabites defeating defending champions UAM Tillers (5-4) on penalties in Lagos, Saturday, to emerge champions of the league’s second edition.It was sweet revenge for the Malabites, after a re-enactment of the 2018 finals, which they lost to UAM Tillers.UAM Tillers started the game on the front foot and showed flashes of why they deserve a place in the finals. In the 16th minute, the efforts of the lads from Makurdi, paid off, as captain, AssenShater, with jersey no 10, closed out a brilliant pass with a superb finish. The defending champions dominated play for most of the first half despite playing with 10 men after Dolumon Anikyongu got sent off following a second yellow card.UNICAL Malabites however, came into the game in the second half and got a goal in the 62ndminute from substitute Ngaji Mojafu. Despite the equalizer, UAM Tillers created the most chances in the second half, but had to settle for a draw at the end of full time.The game ended 5:4 on penalties in favour of UNICAL Malabites at the end of regulation time.Speaking during an international press conference organized before the match, Director, PACE Sports and Entertainment Marketing, Sola Fijabi, said that he is impressed with the huge support that the league has garnered and sustained since its launch especially during the second season“It is heart-warming to deliver a bigger, bolder and even better second season as promised. We are especially happy that the league did not only create an engagement platform for brands and several stakeholders, but it also unified students across Nigeria in the delightful spirit of sportsmanship, our expansion of teams to 32 and our very impactful coaching clinic are some of the many strides that we achieved in the season.We are extremely prepared for the 2020 edition and we are hopeful that like this second season, subsequent editions of the league will continue to have positive impact on sports and education in Nigeria” Fijabi concluded.Speaking after the final match, President, Nigerian University Games Association (NUGA) Prof Stephen Hamafyelto expressed satisfaction about the organization and execution of the second edition “This edition has really proven that we are here for the long term. We have once again delivered on the promises we made regarding standards, discipline even fair-play, especially as it concerns delivering a bigger and better league season”We are glad that the league has not only given a voice and a face to football talents across the country and in various institutions, but is also providing hope and a veritable platform of success for the numerous talents that are being discovered” He added.In all, 32 teams participated in the 2019 HiFL season.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

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