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Papua asks seven districts to implement open defecation free programs

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Jayapura, Papua (ANTARA) – The Papua Provincial Government has asked seven districts in the province to immediately implement a free open defecation program to achieve the target of 100 percent elimination by the end of 2024.

“The seven districts are Jayapura, Keerom, Sarmi, Waropen, Yapen Islands, Mamberamo Raya and Supiori,” said Expert Staff to the Governor of Papua for Human and Community Development Daniel R Senis in Jakarta, Sunday.

According to him, the areas in Papua that have achieved 100 percent elimination of open defecation are Biak Numfor Regency and Jayapura City.

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“Open defecation cannot be taken lightly because it is a serious problem that has a negative impact on the environment, and has the potential to transmit germs such as diarrhea, typhoid, dysentery and cholera,” he said.

He explained that children who frequently suffer from this disease will have their growth and development disrupted and ultimately this can result in stunting and even death.

“For this reason, we encourage the seven districts to immediately achieve the target of 100 percent elimination of open defecation in villages because this is in line with the mandate of sustainable development goals,” said Senis.

Meanwhile, Head of the UNICEF Indonesia Field Office for Papua, Aminuddin Ramdan, stated that his party would continue to support the government in promoting the importance of good sanitation in villages to deal with stunting.

Reducing stunting is a priority program for the Indonesian government which seeks to reduce the prevalence of stunting by up to 14 percent this year.

Sanitation also has a lot to do with other diseases such as polio, which is transmitted through feces, he said.

He noted, based on data, there are 500 villages in Papua that are not open defecation free.

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Translator: Qadri Pratiwi, Raka Adji
Editor: Rahmad Nasution
Copyright © ANTARA 2024

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