COVID-19: ICRC expanding its assistance to Papua

Jakarta (ICRC) – The spread of COVID-19 is yet to show any signs of slowing down and its threat to prisons including in Papua remains a challenge. The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has, therefore, expanded the distribution of hygiene kits and protective equipment to 5 prisons and 4 hospitals in the Papua Province this week, 19-21 October 2020.

The distributions, conducted in partnership with the Directorate General of Corrections (DGC) of the Ministry of Law and Human Rights, were carried out at 3 prisons in Jayapura, 1 in Wamena and 1 in Timika, where a total of 1,329 inmates and prisons staff will benefit from the items. Four hospitals in Jayapura, all recipients of COVID-19 patients, also received protective equipment.

The assistance – consisting of soap bars, water containers, hand sanitizers, disinfectant, gloves and masks, sprayers, goggles, personal protective equipment, thermometers, and health promotion posters – has been customized to meet the challenges posed by COVID-19 in detention places and hospitals.

“It’s much more difficult to implement preventive measures like social or physical distancing and hygiene protocol in prisons. The ICRC is working closely with prison authorities to control the spread of COVID-19 in places of detention in different provinces in Indonesia, including in Papua and West Papua, which are particularly vulnerable to an outbreak,” said Alexandre Faite, the head of the ICRC regional delegation to Indonesia and Timor-Leste who lead the mission.

Source : Icrc