Government Launches New Program for Asmat, Papua

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  • Hundreds Asmat resident attends the opening of Asmat Cultural Festival in Asmat-Papua district on Thursday (10/10). ANTARA/Husyen Abdillah

    Hundreds Asmat resident attends the opening of Asmat Cultural Festival in Asmat-Papua district on Thursday (10/10). ANTARA/Husyen Abdillah

    TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - Presidential Chief of Staff Moeldoko said that the central government is set to launch a rehabilitation program for the people of Asmat in Papua following the malnutrition and measles outbreak.

    Moeldoko said the community service program will be realized in the form of Tentara Manunggal Masuk Desa (TMMD). “The program will start by improving the environment that needs to be fixed,” said Moeldoko at the Agats District public hospital in Asmat, Papua, on Thursday, February 22.

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    According to Moeldoko, besides the national armed forces (TNI), several ministries will also join the TMMD program.

    In order to overcome the lack of sufficient amount of vegetables, the team will also educate local people about simple farming. Moeldoko said that during the work visit led by the Coordinating Minister of Human Development and Culture Puan Maharani at the Agats district in Asmat, Papua.

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    Other than Puan and Moeldoko, other ministers who also present were the Health Minister Nila F. Moeloek and Education and Culture Minister Muhajir Effendi. The team was accompanied by Asmat Regent Elisa Kambu during the visit to Papua.

    The team monitored the region’s clean water pump, schools for young children, a sports arena, and the Agats public hospital. 

    Adam Prireza