30 Jan 2018

Larger vaccination mission planned for Indonesian Papua

From , 6:04 am on 30 January 2018

A senior Indonesian health official says a vaccination campaign in Asmat will move to other Papuan districts in coming months after a deadly outbreak of measles.

As many as 100 children are feared to have died in the outbreak which has struck malnourished communities.

Director of Surveillance and Health Quarantine at the Ministry of Health Jane Soepardi has just returned from visiting Korowai tribespeople in one of the remotest parts of Asmat.

She told Sally Round the health team she was with vaccinated children and adults to protect against multiple diseases.

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Photo: AFP