Greatindonesia.co.id, Surabaya – Health Minister Nila Moeloek reminded travelers to ensure their health before leaving for conducting “mudik” or annual mass exodus ahead of the Idul Fitri festivity which marks the end of holy month of Ramadhan.
“It is very necessary to conduct a health check before traveling,” she said after attending a traffic coordination meeting for the 2019 Eid al-Fitr in Surabaya on Sunday (12/5/2019).
Not only travelers, preventive measures for ensuring the good health of drivers were also important so that there would be no obstacles during the trips, she said.
“Especially on land and sea, health must be checked for every four hours,” Moeloek said.
For this reason, the ministry of health and the local health office said, will provide health service posts at temporary rest areas.
This health service utilized health centers and hospitals, especially those on the homecoming routes, she said.
“We also have a public safety center through 119 call center services to be quickly responded to when there are reports. We also provide ambulances, both motorcycles and cars on standby at several health posts,” she said.
Meanwhile, to support the homecoming trip, the East Java Provincial Government prepared 26 points of rest areas which are available across various districts / cities.
East Java Governor Khofifah Indar Parawansa ensures that in the rest areas, there will also be health service posts that will check the condition of both the drivers and passengers.
Not only that, the Indonesian Red Cross (PMI) will also prepare 134 health service points and rest areas that will be prepared at terminals, stations and ports.
“The facilities will also include mosques for the travelers to help them perform prayers. The health team can also provide psycho-social services for children, especially in mosques,” he said. (rah)
POLICE CHIEF CONFIRMS SITUATUION PLACATED IN WEST PAPUA
Greatindonesia.co.id, Surabaya – The situation in Manokwari, West Papua, has been brought under control after riots had erupted in the province, Indonesian Police Chief Gen. Tito Karnavian stated here on Monday (19/8/2019).
Karnavian confirmed to having ordered the local police to adopt necessary measures to control the situation and avoid the use of excessive force.
“I have received a report from the West Papua police chief that the situation has been under control. I have ordered the police chiefs of Papua and West Papua to take security measures and avoid the use of excessive force,” he remarked.
Karnavian remarked that he will monitor the situation in the region to decide on the deployment of additional troops to Manokwari and Jayapura.
Earlier on in the day, thousands of people in West Papua’s capital city of Manokwari had demonstrated to express their ire over alleged racist action against Papuan students in Surabaya and Malang, East Java. They had set fire to tires in several parts of the city and main streets.
The rally was also reported in Jayapura, the capital city of Papua Province.
Karnavian has appealed to people to not become incited by incorrect reports.
“Papuans are our brothers. We need to establish sound communication, and people should avoid being provoked, both within and outside Papua. Avoid being pitted against our brothers or provoked by inaccurate information,” he reaffirmed. (fqa)
EAST JAVA POLICE AVERS NO PAPUAN STUDENTS FACED RACISM
Greatindonesia.co.id, Surabaya – The East Java Police dismissed reports of its officers having spoken a racist word while securing 43 Papuan students for allegedly throwing Indonesia’s national flag into a ditch before the students’ dormitory in Surabaya on August 16.
Senior Commissioner Frans Barung Mangera, spokesman of the East Java Police, clarified here on Monday that the police did not use the word “animal” to address the students.
“(This appeal is especially addressed) to the public to please see what is happening objectively. Do not be provoked by (information) on social media and (incited) by issues that are untrue,” he emphasized.
The East Java Police have yet to detain any Papuan students but protected the students from a possible clash with members of mass organizations that had protested against the national flag incident, he remarked.
On Monday morning, thousands of people in Manokwari, West Papua Province, and Jayapura, Papua Province, had rallied against the alleged racist treatment targeting Papuan students in Surabaya and Malang, East Java.
Chief of the Indonesian Police Gen. Tito Karnavian confirmed in Jakarta on Monday that the situation in Papua was brought under control following the rallies.
Karnavian affirmed that he had ordered the local police to adopt necessary measures to bring the situation under control and avoid the use of excessive force.
“I have received a report from the West Papua police chief that the situation has been brought under control. I have ordered the police chiefs of Papua and West Papua to adopt security measures and avoid the use of excessive force,” he remarked. (fwf)
ANGKASA PURA INVESTS RP658 BILLION TO EXPAND JUANDA
Greatindonesia.co.id, Sidoarjo, E Java – State airport operator, PT Angkasa Pura I, plans to invest Rp685 billion to finance the expansion of terminal 1 of the Juanda Surabaya Airport in East Java.
The expansion of the eastern side of terminal 1 is necessary to ensure the convenience of passengers, General Manager of Juanda Surabaya Airport, Heru Prasetyo, said in Sidoarjo, East Java, on Wednesday (14/8/2019).
“We apologize to passengers using the transportation services at Juanda Airport for the inconvenience caused while the construction work is underway,” he said.
With the expansion of terminal 1, the airport can increase its capacity to 13.6 million passengers from 6 million passengers per year.
“The expansion of terminal 1 and (the improvement of) the interior design and supporting facilities have started and will be completed in 14 months,” he said.
He said he would also ensure the orderly movement of passengers descending and boarding the plane.
“At this moment, passengers who are going to board the plane, do so from terminal 1 A and 1 B. In the future, they will be at terminal 1 A, and terminal 1 B will be only for passengers descending the plane,” he said.
Angkasa Pura 1 has named state-owned construction company, PT Waskita, as the winner of the project.
“We will work round the clock so the expansion project is completed soon,” he said.
The project also includes the expansion of the airport’s parking areas. (dra)
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