Papua provincial government guarantees working paramedics' security

Papua provincial government guarantees working paramedics' security

Health Minister Nila F. Moeloek (center) chaired a meeting for talks about the Wamena riot and safety of working paramedics in Papua Province in Jakarta on Sept 30, 2019 (ANTARA FOTO/Indrianto Eko Suwarso)

In this regard, the security scheme is an important matter for us. Therefore, we always coordinate with the regional military commander and Papua police chief to know how it has been implemented to avoid any unexpected feedback in public
Jayapura, Papua (ANTARA) - The Papua provincial administration has pledged to guarantee the safety and security of working paramedics across the province after a senior medical doctor was killed following the riot and exodus of working paramedics in Wamena. The provincial government has coordinated with the commander of XVII Cenderawasih Regional Military Command and Papua police chief, Secretary of the Papua Provincial Administration Hery Dosinaen said in Jayapura Thursday.

"In this regard, the security scheme is an important matter for us. Therefore, we always coordinate with the regional military commander and Papua police chief to know how it has been implemented to avoid any unexpected feedback in public," he said.

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Besides guaranteeing the safety and security of doctors and paramedics, Dosinaen also expressed the provincial government's hope that all health centers in Jayawijaya District would soon resume their normal operations.

"In the aftermath of the Wamena rioting, only one health center has resumed its normal operations. We hope that other health centers in the district, including those at temporary shelters, will immediately begin operations," he said.

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The Indonesian Doctors Association (IDI) had earlier appealed to security agencies and other related stakeholders, as well as community members, to guarantee the safety and security of the working paramedics across Papua.

Their safety and security are of importance to enable them to work optimally, Chairman of IDI-Papua Chapter, Dr. Donald Aronggear, told Antara in Jayapura September 26.

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Commenting on the death of the 53-year-old doctor, Soeko Marsetiyo, in Wamena's deadly rioting that broke out early this week, Aronggear said all the paramedics in Papua were grieving his death.

Due to Soeko's death, several doctors at the Wamena public hospital had requested leave from the hospital, which was understandable because doctors are also humans and need a sense of security, he said.

Wamena's deadly rioting occurred during a rally that native Papuan students staged on September 23.

Thirty-three people, including a medical doctor, were killed, while at least 77 others sustained injuries due to the riot that had also forced several thousands of residents, mostly non-native Papuans, to take refuge.

The masterminds of this deadly riot are allegedly members of the West Papua National Committee (KNPB), according to National Police Spokesman, Brig. Gen. Dedi Prasetyo.

Among the dead and the wounded were non-native Papuans who had been assaulted by rioters brandishing machetes and arrows.

On the day the rally took place, Commander of the 1702/Jayawijaya District Military Command Lt. Col. Candra Dianto said a gun battle between the Indonesian security personnel and a group of armed separatists also occurred around the Pasar Baru area. (INE)

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