Sarampa Plague Strikes 4 Villages in Papua

Saturday, 15 July 2017 , 12:00:00 WIB -

Illustration: A local of Dani Tribe is seen ready to shoot an arrow at a pig at Mosario River, Nabire, Papua, Wednesday (12/7). Locals of Dani Tribe burn stones and shoot arrows at pigs as rituals before opening a public mining area. (ANTARA)

JAKARTA, GRES.NEWS – Sarampa plague is reported spreading in Papua. Four villages in Papua, such as Digikotu, Piyakademi, Yinidoba, and Epanai, that are located at Tigi Barat and Deiyai districts are struck by the disease. There are at least 40 toddlers under the age of five, locally known as ‘balita’, passed away because of the disease that looks similar to measles.

However, there isn’t any report about the disease mitigation by the government. Member of the House’s Commission IX, Nihayatul Wafiroh, urges the Health Ministry to take an immediate action and handle the issue by forming a medical team.

"We often receive bad news because of the similar negligence. The Health Ministry should be able to prevent and mitigate the plague," said the politician of PKB Party’s faction in his written statement, Thursday (13/7) as quoted from

Nihayah stated that one of the causes of the plague outbreak is the lack of medicine for the disease, so the government must pay more attention to the issue. She also claims that she will coordinate with the members of the House’s Commission IX to summon the Health Ministry officials, and question them about the issue.

"We will question the Health Ministry officials about the issue, and evaluate the performance of the Health Ministry related to their efforts in preventing diseases," she said. (rm)