45% Indonesian population threatened by malaria

(Free West Papua) a correspondence from Jakarta send an email about an alert of Malaria endemic, including in the peaceful land of Papua. Here is the news:

Feb 16 2009 – As Indonesia now has numerous malaria endemic regions, Health Minister Siti Fadilah Supari said about 45 per cent of its population is at risk of contracting the disease, Antara news agency reported Monday.

“424 of Indonesia’s 495 districts and cities are malaria endemic regions,” she said at a hearing with the House of Representatives (DPR)’s Commission IX dealing with health affairs.

She said high endemic regions with an annual parasite incidence (API) rate of more than five per one thousand people were scattered in the provinces of Maluku, North Maluku, Papua, West Papua, North Sumatra and East Nusa Tenggara.

Medium endemic regions with an API rate of one to five per one thousand people were to be found in the provinces of Nanggroe Aceh Darussalam (NAD), Bangka Belitung, Riau Islands, Jambi, Central Kalimantan, Central Sulawesi, Southeast Sulawesi, West Nusa Tenggara, Central Java and West Java.

Only small parts of Java, Kalimantan and Sulawesi were low endemic regions with an API rate of less than one per 1,000 while non-endemic regions were Jakarta, Bali and Riau Islands.

The minister said that her ministry had been carrying out continued efforts to eliminate malaria in the country.

2 Responses to 45% Indonesian population threatened by malaria

  1. Malaria is a huge threat to Papua, particularly to children. Papua has the highest rates of infection in Indonesia. It kills those with AIDS very quickly, and thus an even bigger threat in Papua.

    The good news is with a concentrated campaign of spraying, bednets, and drugs, the problem can be eliminated.

    Papua desperately needs investment in health, both from the Republic of Indonesia and foreign donors. Australia and the Ministry of Health are doing things, but much more is needed. NGOs need to be given greater access to treat the sick and help with prevention efforts. MSF are doing great work in Agats, but there are plenty more who would like to help.

  2. Dr.Peter Schlick says:

    Goodmorning,
    i write this e-mail from germany.
    We want to visit Bintan Island near of singapore for some days on april 2010. What about malaria on Bintan. Please give me a short information.
    Best regards
    Peter Schlick

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