Jakarta (ANTARA) - The Indonesian Armed Forces (TNI) has provided healthcare services for residents of Bilogai Village in Sugapa, Intan Jaya District, Central Papua, to assist those in need of medical assistance in an effort to nurture relations with them.

The community service was carried out by TNI’s Raider Infantry Batallion 509/Balawara Yudha task force officers operating under the command of the Habema Operational Command amidst its patrol mission in the Indonesia-Papua New Guinea border, according to a press statement on Sunday.

“Patrol activities and mobile medical services in Bilogai (Village), Sugapa Sub-district, reflect the TNI mindfulness for locals through the provision of basic services to accelerate Papua development,” TNI's Habema Operational Commander Brigadier General Lucky Avianto stated.

He explained that during the community service, the medical team from J2 Post of the infantry battalion led by its commandant, First Lieutenant Muh Fardhana, visited residents' homes and provided medical services for residents.

The medical team provided general checkups and treatment of minor illnesses, distributed vitamins, and disseminated clean and healthy lifestyles to residents.

Military officers performing the mission were welcomed by Bilogai village residents. Such interactions will promote harmonious relations between the Indonesian military and locals, he said.

Avianto explained the medical mission for Bilogai residents was carried out according to Presidential Instruction No. 9 of 2020 on Acceleration of Welfare Development in Papua and in line with the soft-power strategy devised by TNI Commander General Agus Subiyanto in addressing Papua issues.

Over the past few years, armed Papuan groups have time and again employed hit-and-run tactics against Indonesian security personnel and mounted acts of terror against civilians in the districts of Intan Jaya, Nduga, and Puncak.

In response, the military and the police set up the Habema Operational Command earlier this year to optimize joint security operations in Papua to prevent local conflicts and neutralize the threats of armed Papuan insurgents.

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