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2600 kampungs in Papua have no health clinics  Tapol
 Oct 22, 2012 05:21 PDT 


JUBI, 22 October 2012

According to the Health Service in the province of Papua, only one
thousand kampungs have a clinic, while there are no clinics is the other
2,600 kampungs. This is because of the lack of any medical personnel.

According to Josef Rinta, head of the Health Service, 'there are 2,600
kampungs without any medical services at all because of the lack of
medical personnel to run the clinics. This creates many difficulties for
people living in these kampungs, but we hope that the Special Autonomy
Law for Papua [which was adopted eleven years ago] will be properly
implemented.'

He said that people living in those kampungs are very keen to have
competent medical personnel . 'But this will not be done by bringing in
medical personnel from outside Papua; instead the government is
depending on the indigenous Papuans to get the necessary help themselves
to deal with the problem.' [Nothing is said about how he expects the
villagers to fill this terrible gap']

Translated by TAPOL

[COMMENT: This dreadful lack of such a basically important service has
persisted for so long in a territory that is endowed with hugely
profitable natural resources which provide the Indonesian government
with huge earnings year on year in taxes, dividends and revenue from the
profits of the US-owned Freeport mine which mines gold and copper in
West Papua and the British owned Tangguh LNG natural gas.project. TAPOL]
	
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