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January

The Indonesian Government has conducted quick response to the extraordinary condition of malnutrition and measles in Asmat Regency, Papua Province. Director of Nutrition, Directorate General of Nutrition and Maternal and Children Health, Ministry of Health, Doddy Izwardy explained that the directorate general has sent a flying health care team which consists of 39 health workers from various professions to meet the needs of health services at various districts in Asmat Regency. In a special interview with RRI World Service, Voice of Indonesia in Jakarta on Monday (22/1), he said that 1.2 tons of medicines has been distributed. To meet the nutrition needs of toddlers in Asmat Regency, Indonesian Ministry of Health has sent toddlers food supplement, food supplement for pregnant mothers and children food supplement from central food reserves. Previously toddlers food supplements and food supplement for pregnant mother have also been sent from the reserves of Papua Province. Meanwhile, food supplement for infants and food supplements for pregnant mothers have been sent in cooperation with Indonesian Military (TNI).

 

"The assistance has been done by the government, by sending food. TNI and POLRI, churches, stakeholders have provided various assistance. We also serve immunization and help to educate them. The total population is only 105 thousands. But they are nomadic and we must use boats to reach them," he said. 
 Doddy further explained, Asmat Regency has a very difficult geographical condition to reach. Asmat Regency generally consists of swamps, so, the source of food is very limited. The source of clean water only relies on rain resulting inadequate sanitation. People live in the forest and nomadic, so that the coverage of immunization is low. Although it has been maximally done by health personnel it cannot optimally increase immunization coverage and vitamin A supplement distribution./// (Sekar/trs.Rezha)
23
January

The Association of Indonesian Travel Agencies (ASITA) of Papua stated, that Baliem Valley Festival in Jayawijaya Regency, Papua still becomes the main attraction for foreign tourists to visit Papua. As quoted by Antara, Chairman of ASITA Papua, Iwanta Parangin-Angin, in Jayapura, on Sunday (21/1) said, the average number of foreign tourist arrivals in 2017 reached 100 people per month. But the number can increase dramatically during the implementation of the Baliem Valley Festival on August 8 to 10. According to him, currently travel agents have started to sell travel packages to watch the Festival, held by Jayawijaya Government as an annual routine agenda. Iwanta Parangin-Angin admitted that during that period the price of trip to Jayawijaya increased, compared to the normal day//   Antara/Trs.Rezha

23
January

Indonesia Sends Trade Mission to South Asia

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Indonesian Trade Minister Enggartiasto Lukita kicked off the trade mission on Monday (22/1) to two South Asia countries, India and Pakistan taking with him 61 businesspeople to explore the cooperation with their counterparts in the two countries. He said the trade mission would start from India and then to Pakistan to follow the schedule of Indonesian President Joko Widodo, who was conducting his visits to the two countries. In the visit to India, which started on Monday, Enggartiasto took 37 businesspeople from 30 companies, including members of the Indonesia’s Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Kadin), according to the Indonesian Trade Ministry in a statement on Monday. Meanwhile, the delegation to Pakistan consists of 24 businesspeople from 23 companies, which produce electronic products, agriculture products, ties, textiles, palm oil and its derivative products as well as services, according to the statement. While in India, the minister said, he would raise the issue of the ASEAN-India Business and Investment Meet and Expo in an effort to complete the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) as a follow-up of an ASEAN economic meeting in Singapore recently////JP

 

23
January

In anticipation of the Chinese New Year and Cap Go Meh 2018, thousands of lanterns have decorated the city of Singkawang, West Kalimantan. The chairman of the Chinese New Year and Cap Go Meh celebration event, Tjhai Leonardi, said 10,000 lanterns would be installed in Singkawang. He said in Singkawang on Sunday, January 22nd that the organizer has started decorating the city of Singkawang with lanterns. He confirmed that this year, there would be new decor and events, such as the Cap Go Meh gate that will be installed near the BNI crossroads, and other ornaments along the protocol roads. Tjihai said, on the protocol roads there will be ornaments of the 12 shiau (Chinese zodiac signs) with an artistic lantern with a height of 2.5 to 3 meters, which will light up at night. Other than the ornaments, this year’s Chinese New Year and Cap Go Meh celebration will also feature a parade of kilin, the highest sky animal, above the liong (lion). Meanwhile, Singkawang Mayor Tjhai Chui Mie said his meeting with the Tourism Ministry revealed that the government supported the activity and would promote the event nationally and internationally//JP