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President Jokowi announces cabinet lineup President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) accompanied by Vice President Jusuf Kalla announced his cabinet lineup consisting of 34 ministers or the so-called "Work Cabinet" for 2014-2019 period at the Merdeka Palace on Sunday as follows.

Posted in Politics @ 26 October 2014 18:46 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Japan grants 550 million yen worth of health equipment The Japanese government offers a grant 550 million yen (about 4 million euro) worth of health equipment for Indonesia to be used in three hospitals in the country. "If the cooperation is clear, we would be offered an aid worth 550 million yens for hospitals in Indonesia," deputy health minister Ali Ghufron said at a Medical Excellence JAPAN Seminar here on Thursday.

Posted in Health @ 27 February 2014 23:28 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


President chairs limited meeting to discuss food security President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono chaired a limited meeting with a number of governors and related ministers at Bung Hatta Palace here on Tuesday to discuss food security. At 9 am local time the head of state started the meeting that will last up to 1 pm with the governors and related ministers.

Posted in General @ 29 October 2013 10:18 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Senior official of health ministry jailed for 5 years The Jakarta special corruption court on Monday sentenced a senior official of the health ministry to five years` imprisonment for corruption. The court chaired by Nawawi Pomolongo, also fined Ratna Dewi Umar, former director of base medical service development Rp500 million for involvement in corruption in the procurement of health equipment to control bird flu in 2006-2007.

Posted in Corruption @ 02 September 2013 17:39 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Lippo Group to set up 12 hospitals in eastern regions Lippo Group plans to set up around 12 hospitals in eastern regions next year, its president, Theo L Sambuaga said. "Around 12 hospitals will be built in the future including general hospitals in several eastern regions such as Ambon, Palu, Sorong, Ternate and Kupang," he said at the Grand Opening of Siloam Hospital here on Wednesday.

Posted in Health @ 17 April 2013 20:37 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia still lacks of general practitioners Indonesia is still lacking of general practitioners to serve the growing number of population in the country, Vice Minister of Health Ali Ghufron Mukti said here on Wednesday.

Posted in Health @ 27 March 2013 18:10 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Health minister: 'Maternal mortality rate still high' Health Minister Nafsiah Mboi said cases of stillbirth and the death rates of mother in the process of delivery are still high in the country. The high mortality rate is attributable to bleeding, mother being too young to give birth, and high frequency of giving birth, Nafsiah said here on Friday.

Posted in Health @ 15 February 2013 19:41 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


President Yudhoyono attends Christmas celebrations President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono and First Lady Ani Yudhoyono attended Christmas celebrations at the Jakarta convention centre on Thursday. Vice President Boediono, his spouse, Herawati Boediono, and several ministers from the cabinet, Indonesia Bersatu II, were also present at the event.

Posted in Religion @ 28 December 2012 07:08 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


VP calls for social solidarity maintenance Vice President Boediono has called on all parties to maintain the values of social solidarity and prevent them from being eroded by the flow of modern life and globalization.

Posted in Politics @ 20 December 2012 14:50 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


President calls for inclusive Christmas celebration President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has expressed his hope that Christmas 2012 would be celebrated inclusively and enjoyed by all Indonesians who wish to participate, National Christmas Committee Chairperson Nafsiah Mboi said here on Friday.

Posted in Religion @ 07 December 2012 20:33 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Hospitals urged to not reject emergency patients Health Minister Nafsiah Mboi has called on all hospitals in Indonesia to not turn away patients arriving in a critical condition.

Posted in Health @ 07 November 2012 16:52 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Ex-health minister denies receiving traveler`s cheque Former health minister Siti Fadilah Supari denied on Tuesday she had received traveler`s cheque worth Rp1.27 billion from head of the health ministry`s crisis center Rustam Syarifuddin Pakaya named a suspect in a graft case. "Never," she said in a reply to public prosecutor`s question during a court session at the anti-corruption court here.

Posted in Corruption @ 10 October 2012 00:09 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Regional governments urged to issue smoking ban Provincial governors, district heads and city mayors in Indonesia have been urged to issue regulations to ban cigarette smoking, due to an increasing number of smokers in the country. The call was made by the country`s health minister, Nafsiah Mboi, when speaking during the Indonesian Eastern Region Forum Festival here on Monday.

Posted in Health @ 24 September 2012 20:24 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


7% of Indonesians have no access to good sanitation About seven percent of Indonesians have no access to adequate sanitation, Health Minister Nafsiah Mboi said here on Monday.

Posted in Health @ 10 September 2012 20:18 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Health Ministry to set up more than 1,400 posts for travellers The Ministry of Health has planned to set up 1,468 health-care posts, with at least 65,000 paramedics, for home-bound travelers during Id-ul-Fitr, according to a minister.

Posted in Ramadan @ 09 August 2012 21:23 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Wamena facing difficulty to cope with HIV/AIDS A non-governmental organization (LSM) in Wamena, Papua Province, complained about financial difficulty in coping with the spread of HIV/AIDs in that area.

Posted in Health @ 07 August 2012 15:51 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Yudhoyono appoints Nafsiah Mboi new Minister of Health President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has named Nafsiah Mboi as the new health minister to replace minister Endang Sedyaningsih, who recently died from cancer.

Posted in Politics @ 13 June 2012 11:28 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Minister Endang's burial to be held at San Diego Cemetery The burial of Health Minister Endang Rahayu Sedyaningsih, who passed away on Wednesday at 11.41 am at Cipto Mangunkusumo Hospital, Jakarta, will be held at San Diego Cemetery, Kerawang, West Java, on Thursday morning.

Posted in Politics @ 02 May 2012 12:05 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Minister Endang Sedyaningsih passes away Health Minister Endang Rahayu Sedyaningsih died of lung cancer at Kencana Pavillion Cipto Mangunkusomo Public Hospital (RSCM) here Wednesday at 11:41 a.m. local time, after being hospitalized for the past three weeks.

Posted in Politics @ 02 May 2012 08:29 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia health minister's conditions worsening Health minister Endang Rahayu Sedyaningsih`s health conditions have been worsening since Tuesday morning and she is now being given a standard Intensive Care Unit (ICU) treatment.

Posted in Politics @ 01 May 2012 16:11 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Anti-corruption culture to be included in school curriculum Anti-corruption culture will be included in the curriculum from elementary school to university, stated Minister for National Development Planning Armida Alisyahbana here on Tuesday.

Posted in Corruption @ 01 May 2012 15:29 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Former GAM minister elected as Aceh governor Former Free Aceh Movement (GAM) foreign affairs and health minister Zaini Abdullah has been elected Aceh Province governor in the regional election on April 9, 2012.

Posted in Elections @ 17 April 2012 17:38 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Seven hospitals expected to be internationally accredited Seven state-owned A-class hospitals are expected to receive international accreditation by 2014.

Posted in Health @ 07 March 2012 14:13 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Minister: 'Five Indonesian hospitals internationally accredited' Only five out of 1,800 hospitals existing in Indonesia are currently accredited internationally, and all five are privately-owned, Health Minister Endang Rahayu Sedyaningsih said.

Posted in Health @ 17 February 2012 12:09 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Bird flu detected on Lombok island, no human cases Indonesian health officials on Tuesday confirmed that bird flu has been detected in poultry on the island of Lombok, although no human cases of the disease have been reported.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 18 October 2011 16:13 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Australian brain damaged after drinking toxic cocktail An Australian nurse has fallen ill after drinking a toxic alcoholic beverage at an Indonesian resort island, local media reported on Wednesday. She is currently hospitalized after eventually suffering from brain damage and kidney failure.

Posted in Accidents @ 12 October 2011 06:29 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 5 reactions


Indonesia: 'Radiation-free certification for Japanese food imports' The Indonesian government on Thursday said it had requested that all food imported from Japan be accompanied with certification that ensures the safety of the imports, the Jakarta Globe reported.

Posted in Health @ 24 March 2011 19:13 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia and Malaysia sign health cooperation agreement The Health Ministries of Indonesia and Malaysia on Friday signed a health cooperation agreement, officials said Friday.

Posted in General @ 25 February 2011 14:38 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Former Health Minister questioned in corruption case Indonesia's former Health Minister Siti Fadilah Supari on Monday was questioned in a corruption case involving Rp 500 million ($56,500) in traveler's checks related to the alleged procurement of portable X-ray machines within the country's Health Ministry in 2007, local media reported.

Posted in Corruption @ 22 February 2011 06:17 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Ex-health minister faces prison for alleged embezzlement Former health minister Achmad Sujudi is facing a long jail term in an alleged corruption case. During his term in office, a procurement project has cost the state some 105 billion Rupiah (7,7 million euro). Achmad Sujudi was involved in a corruption scheme together with the general director of PT. Kimia Farma, Gunawan Pranoto and director of PT. Rifa Jaya Mulia, Rinaldi Yusuf.

Posted in Corruption @ 18 December 2009 09:29 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


2nd United Indonesia Cabinet unveiled President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has announced his second United Indonesia Cabinet last evening. There are 34 ministers, most of them are politicians from his coalition parties. Six ministers were from his own Democratic Party, including the important minister of Energy and Mineral Resources.

Posted in Politics @ 22 October 2009 02:41 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian student with H1N1 dies in Malaysia An Indonesian student studying in Malaysia has become the first A/H1N1 flu related fatality in the country, a Malaysian health official said here on Thursday. The student, aged around 30, once was a confirmed patient of the flu, but he died from cardiac arrest, instead of the flu itself, Malaysian Health Minister Liow Tiong Lai said.

Posted in Mexican flu @ 23 July 2009 15:32 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


No elderly and children on pilgrimage, will Indonesia follow? Health ministers in the Arab world have decided not to allow elderly, children and ill from going on the Muslim pilgrimage later this year. It is a preventive measure to stop the spread of the H1N1 Mexican Flu virus that has killed some 900 people worldwide since March this year. The virus is easy to spread, but does not kill at a high rate.

Posted in Religion @ 23 July 2009 11:09 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


52 cases of Mexican flu in Indonesia Confirmed cases of swine flu in Indonesia have nearly doubled, with the national total standing at 52, Health Minister Siti Fadilah Supari said on Thursday. Three foreigners were among 24 new cases of (A)H1N1, which included a dozen confirmed human-to-human transmissions, Supari told. All the patients were being treated in hospitals in the capital Jakarta, the tourist island of Bali and Balikpapan city in East Kalimantan province, she said.

Posted in Mexican flu @ 11 July 2009 03:08 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia to ask tourists to wear masks Indonesia is planning to ask all people arriving from Australia and other swine flu-affected countries to wear face masks for at least three days, the health minister says. The presence of the A(H1N1) virus was confirmed in Indonesia only last week and so far four of the eight known cases have been foreigners.

Posted in Mexican flu @ 30 June 2009 04:51 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia confirms first two cases of Mexican Flu Officials confirmed Wednesday the country's first cases of the H1N1 flu after an Indonesian and a British tourist tested positive for the virus. Health Minister Siti Fadilah Supari identified an Indonesian pilot who recently flew to Australia and Hong Kong, and a 22-year-old British tourist who has lived in Australia.

Posted in Mexican flu @ 25 June 2009 02:07 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 2 reactions


45% of Indonesia's population threatened by malaria Indonesian Health Minister Siti Fadilah Supari said on Monday that about 45 percent of the country's population is at risk of contracting malaria. Speaking to a hearing with the House of Representatives DPR, the minister said 424 of Indonesia's 495 districts and cities were malaria endemic regions.

Posted in Health @ 15 February 2009 11:52 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia halts U.S. naval lab's activities Indonesia has halted the activities of a U.S. naval medical lab in Jakarta following a dispute over the terms of a contract, the health minister said on Thursday. The U.S. Naval Medical Research Unit No. 2 has been key to efforts to track bird flu in Indonesia, the country with the most human deaths from the H5N1 virus.

Posted in General @ 25 September 2008 14:45 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia hopes on agreement on bird flu virus specimen Indonesia hopes negotiations on the material transfer agreement for bird flu virus specimen can be rounded up at the inter-governmental meeting of WHO members in November, health minister Siti Fadillah Supari said. Indonesia hopes the agreement can be kept simple but it has to able to accommodate the interests of the developing countries, Antara news agency on Friday quoted the minister as saying.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 05 September 2008 03:50 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia denies seeking payment for virus samples An Indonesian health official, responding to recent comments by the US health secretary, today denied that Indonesia wants financial compensation if it resumes sharing its H5N1 avian influenza virus samples.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 24 April 2008 03:16 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Recent H5N1 viruses show no mutation in Indonesia Indonesia's health ministry said today that H5N1 avian influenza virus samples it sent to a World Health Organization (WHO) laboratory in the United States in February showed no signs of mutation, according to a Reuters report.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 06 March 2008 03:46 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia dismisses human-to-human bird flu report Indonesia on Monday rejected a study by researchers from the United States that concluded that the bird flu virus had spread from person to person during one outbreak in 2006. Indonesia said it was misleading.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 03 September 2007 05:13 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia says it plans to use human bird flu vaccine The vaccine to combat bird flu in humans could be ready as early as July according to Indonesia, adding that it was preparing to use it immediately despite calls from the WHO to build a stockpile first. Health Minister Siti Fadillah Supari said that the advice of the WHO was not realistic for Indonesia, which has the biggest number of bird flu related deaths.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 23 June 2007 09:06 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia suspects ominous H5N1 mutations Officials from Indonesia's avian flu commission said today that the H5N1 avian influenza virus may have mutated in a way that makes it more transmissible from birds to humans, but a World Health Organization (WHO) official said the WHO had seen no evidence of such a change, according to news services.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 07 June 2007 10:29 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia: H5N1 samples going to WHO again Indonesia's health minister announced today at the World Health Organization's (WHO's) annual meeting that the country has resumed sending H5N1 avian influenza virus samples to the WHO, appearing to end a 5-month standoff over developing countries' access to vaccines. "I am pleased to announce to all of you that Indonesia has resumed sending its H5N1 specimens to the WHO collaborating center in Tokyo," Siti Fadilah Supari said at the World Health Assembly in Geneva, according to a Reuters report.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 16 May 2007 02:58 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Cheap medicine fror the masses Indonesia has launched a program that sells quality medicines for prices as low as 1,000 Rupiah (8 eurocent) to benefit the poor people in the country. Health Minister Dr. Siti Fadilah Supari said that the medicines will be provided in adequate quantities throughout Indonesia.

Posted in Health @ 13 May 2007 02:44 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia: 'Promise before sharing bird flu virus samples again' Children rarely die from measles or other easy to prevent diseases in the West, but the developing world often has to do it without lifesaving drugs and vaccines. Will access to eventual bird flu remedies be any different? That's the question that Indonesia is asking while refusing to share it's H5N1 bird flu samples with the World Health Organization (WHO) . It will continue to do so until it gets a guarantee that it will obtain vaccines if a pandemic breaks out.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 26 March 2007 07:23 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


HIV population among fastest-growing in Asia The HIV population in Indonesia is among the fastest growing in Asia, officials said yesterday at the presentation of a World Health Organisation (WHO) review concerning the epidemic. Director general of the contagious diseases department of the Health Ministry, I Nyoman Kandun said HIV was spreading quickly among so-called high-risk groups and in parts of the country where health care is of low quality.

Posted in Health @ 18 February 2007 09:59 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 11 reactions


Indonesia to resume sharing H5N1 samples with WHO Indonesia and the World Health Organization (WHO) agreed today that Indonesia will resume sharing its H5N1 avian influenza virus samples while the WHO will work to ensure that developing countries have access to pandemic vaccines based on viruses they supply.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 17 February 2007 01:40 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Dengue fever kills 307, sickens over 20,000 in Indonesia A seasonal dengue fever outbreak in Indonesia has killed at least 307 people and sickened more than 20,000 others this year, health officials and local media reports said Wednesday. Health Minister Siti Fadilah Supari warned of a possible major spike in mosquito-borne dengue fever cases during the next two weeks because of torrential rains last week that flooded the capital Jakarta and two neighbouring provinces.

Posted in Dengue Fever @ 14 February 2007 12:53 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia accused of risking flu fight Public health experts have warned that an exclusive H5N1 vaccine deal Indonesia has struck with a pharmaceutical company may jeopardise the world's access to a pandemic vaccine, if the country becomes the epicentre of a global outbreak. Indonesia signed a memorandum of understanding with US drug manufacturer Baxter Healthcare to develop a human bird flu vaccine.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 08 February 2007 01:14 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia, Baxter sign MOU on bird flu vaccine Indonesia signed a memorandum of understanding with a unit of U.S. company Baxter International Inc. on Wednesday to develop a human bird flu vaccine, as Jakarta came under fire for not sharing samples of the virus. Earlier reports of the deal had stirred controversy because it had been linked to Indonesia's decision not to share H5N1 bird flu virus samples with foreign laboratories.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 07 February 2007 09:24 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia makes new efforts to curb spread of bird flu In a bid to stem a surge in human deaths from the H5N1 virus (bird flu), the Indonesian government will slaughter hundreds of thousands of backyard chickens over the next week, Health Minister Siti Fadilah Supari said here Wednesday. This is a new and concrete measure taken by the Indonesian government in facing with a critical situation since several bird flu patents died recently. But the policy has met with different reaction and opposition from owners of fowls.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 18 January 2007 09:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Faster diagnostic kits in Indonesia only in March With four deaths from bird flu in Indonesia since New Year's Day, the government announced that faster diagnostic kits would only be available in March. "We are expecting that this diagnostic kit will be able to detect symptoms in patients before they suffer heavy breathing," Indonesia's Health Minister Siti Fadilah Supari was quoted as saying by Detik.com on Sunday. "The government will also increase the training for health officers on diagnosing and handling bird flu cases," she added.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 15 January 2007 11:59 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia claiming bird flu success as cases drop Human bird flu deaths in Indonesia have slowed markedly over the last three months - a drop local officials attributed to a more aggressive fight. But The World Health Organization said it was too soon to draw conclusions. The WHO cautioned that the fall - a rare piece of good news in the country worst hit by the H5N1 virus - did not indicate a trend and refused to speculate on possible reasons for it.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 22 December 2006 03:16 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia worried TB fight might be overshadowed Indonesia's battle against tuberculosis, which kills one person every four minutes in the country, should not be overshadowed by other high-profile diseases such as bird flu, the health minister said on Wednesday. Indonesia has the most deaths from bird flu with 57 fatalities since 2005 and has become one of the frontlines of the battle to prevent a possible human pandemic in which millions could die.

Posted in Health @ 29 November 2006 12:49 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia projects 500,000 HIV cases by 2010 Indonesia, the world's fourth most populous country, is projecting half a million HIV cases by 2010, and double that if preventive steps are not taken, the health minister said on Tuesday. Current estimates put the number of cases in a range of 169,000-216,000 in Indonesia, which has a total population of 220 million, although only about 7,000 full-blown AIDS cases have been reported, of whom 1,651 have died.

Posted in Health @ 28 November 2006 16:21 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bird flu-hit Indonesia to ban city backyard poultry Indonesia, which has the world's highest number of bird flu deaths, intends to bar city residents from keeping chickens and other poultry in their backyards, ministers said on Friday. Indonesia has become a frontline in the battle against the virus that has killed 55 people in the country, where millions of chickens roam freely in urban residential areas.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 20 October 2006 04:42 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia's bird flu variant shows no major changes The bird flu virus that's killed one person a week in Indonesia this year hasn't mutated to become more contagious to people, the country's agriculture ministry said, citing an analysis of virus samples. Tests on 49 samples taken from birds on the islands of Sumatra, Java and Bali showed the H5N1 avian influenza virus has undergone no major changes, the ministry said in a statement today. The analysis was undertaken by a World Organization for Animal Health reference laboratory in Geelong, Australia.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 06 October 2006 04:41 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Man dies of bird flu, cluster case unlikely A 20-year-old Indonesian man who health officials thought had been part of a family cluster of bird flu cases died of the disease on Thursday, a hospital official said. The man's 25-year-old brother died on Sunday after displaying bird flu symptoms but there has been no positive confirmation he had the disease because no samples were taken for testing. A third sibling, a 15-year old girl, is being treated at Hasan Sadikin hospital. Tests for her have been negative.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 29 September 2006 05:55 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


14-year old Sulawesi girl is 47th confirmed bird flu death Indonesia recorded a 14-year-old girl, who died in June in South Sualwesi province, positive of avian influenza, Health Minister Siti Padila Supari said here Thursday. She said that the girl had history of contacts with fowls, which at the time authorities found many chickens died around the girl residence. The local test now indicated she was "positive," said the minister. "She had contacts with chickens," said Supari.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 07 September 2006 11:05 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Tsunami victims to get rice aid from the government Indonesian Social Services Minister Bachtiar Chamsyah said on Tuesday that the government had prepared 200 tons of rice for tsunami victims in West Java province's southern coastal regions. "The rice assistance will be extended step by step, considering that not all people in the areas experienced house damage in the disaster," the minister said this when he was visiting the disaster location in Pangandaran, Ciamis district, West Java province.

Posted in Earthquake @ 19 July 2006 12:12 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


South Sulawesi floods: 65 killed Landslides and floods on Indonesia's eastern Sulawesi island have killed 65 people and the toll could rise, a police official said on Wednesday. A search-and-rescue operation was under way after two days of heavy rain in several areas in South Sulawesi province. Sinjai regency was the worst-hit area after major flooding early on Tuesday, rescuers and police said.

Posted in Flooding @ 21 June 2006 06:58 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia to take measures for preventing diseases in quake areas The Indonesian government vowed on Friday that it will take measures to prevent the outbreak of killing diseases in the areas devastated by the May 27 earthquake in Yogyakarta and Central Java, after four people died of tetanus in the quake zones recently. "Four people have died of tetanus recently, two in Yogyakarta and two in Central Java," Health Minister Siti Fadillah Supari told reporters in Yogyakarta.

Posted in Earthquake @ 09 June 2006 14:08 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bird Flu campaign to start as human tally climbs A campaign to warn Indonesians about bird flu will start next week, a United Nations official said, almost a year after the virus infected the first of 49 people in the world's fourth-most-populous country. Thousands of government workers and members of social and religious groups will be involved in the nationwide effort to stem avian flu outbreaks in poultry, avoid human cases and help prepare for a pandemic, said John Budd, head of communications with the United Nations Children's Fund in Jakarta.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 08 June 2006 07:19 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Two siblings record another bird flu cluster death Indonesia's local examination found out another bird flu cluster death in the country, Health Minister Siti Fadilah Supari said here Friday. Supari said that a seven year-old girl who died on Friday was positively contracted by avian influenza virus based on local laboratory test and her 10 year-old brother who died on May 29 had similar signs. "I think it is a cluster," she told reporters.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 03 June 2006 10:15 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Jawa quake leaves at least 1,700 dead, thousands injured A powerful earthquake rocked Indonesia's main island of Java, killing at least 1,700 people, injuring thousands more and causing mass destruction. Thousands of families fled their homes in panic after the 6.2 magnitude quake struck early in the morning, many running for higher ground amid false rumours of a tsunami like the one that devastated the country in December 2004.

Posted in Earthquake @ 27 May 2006 11:11 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


WHO reports 2 Bird Flu deaths Two young boys died of bird flu in Indonesia - one from a family that has already lost four members to the disease, the World Health Organization said Friday. In Rome, the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization warned that the state of emergency surrounding the spread of the deadly H5N1 bird flu virus in poultry and other animals will last for years.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 20 May 2006 10:08 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia may do selective polio vaccinations Indonesia reached almost 24 million children in its last polio immunizations but may have another vaccination round in some regions to be sure of stamping out the disease by 2008, officials said on Monday. Over the past year polio, once considered virtually wiped out globally, has infected hundreds in Indonesia.

Posted in Health @ 09 May 2006 07:10 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Govt to up Tamiflu stockpile to 12 million Concerned about the increase in the number of bird flu fatalities among people, the government promised Saturday that it would distribute 12 million Tamiflu tablets to affected provinces. Health Minister Siti Fadilah Supari said by the end of this month, the government would import 1.5 million tablets to increase its national stockpile, which currently stands at 16,000 tablets.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 05 March 2006 09:49 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Ministers sound alarm over bird flu With more human cases of bird flu being reported in the country, ministers warn the virus may be mutating into a more virulent form that is capable of being transmitted from human to human.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 16 February 2006 18:45 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia to launch more polio campaigns in 2006 Indonesia will hold two more nationwide polio vaccination drives in 2006 to try to free its population from the disease, its health minister said on Tuesday, following advice from the World Health Organisation (WHO). Health workers across the world's fourth most populous nation last month vaccinated millions of children for the third time to ward off the crippling disease.

Posted in Polio @ 14 December 2005 07:06 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Bird flu might have spread to more provinces Government authorities said Monday that avian influenza might have spread to more provinces in Indonesia as the country's president appointed a state-run pharmaceutical company to produce the anti-viral drug Tamiflu to fight the illness. Authorities have so far confirmed that the deadly H5N1 strain of the virus has infected fowl through 23 of Indonesia's 33 provinces, but senior officials said new infections were suspected elsewhere, and that the outbreaks increase the risk of the virus mutating into a strain that's more contagious to humans and could lead to a pandemic that health experts fear could kill millions.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 29 November 2005 07:17 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Indonesia reports new human bird flu case A 16-year-old Indonesian boy has tested positive for the H5N1 avian flu virus, making him the 12th confirmed case among humans in the country, a health official says. "We have received a laboratory test from Hong Kong and the results were positive," said Hariadi Wibisono, a seniorofficial at the Health Ministry, adding the patient was being treated at a hospital in Bandung in West Java province.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 27 November 2005 11:50 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Roche says Indonesia can make Tamiflu Roche Holding Ltd. said Indonesia could make a generic version of Tamiflu without its license because the medicine, which may be useful in treating avian influenza, isn't protected by a patent in the Southeast Asian nation. "We've informed the government they can produce it for local use," said Martina Rupp, a spokeswoman for the Swiss drug maker. "Quality guidelines will have to be assured by the Indonesian government."

Posted in Bird Flu @ 26 November 2005 09:33 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Suspected bird flu cases in three children Three Indonesian children are suspected to be the latest victims of bird flu, which the Asian Development Bank said on Thursday could trigger a global recession if a pandemic breaks out. Underlining the increasing urgency in tackling the H5N1 avian flu virus, the United States and China announced new efforts to fight a possible pandemic, including $500 million to monitor the virus in poultry.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 03 November 2005 14:53 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


US announces grant to assist Indonesia fight polio outbreak The United States has announced a $US2.5 million grant to help Indonesia fight an outbreak of polio that has infected 269 children since it resurfaced in March. Announcing the aid, US Secretary of Health and Human Services Michael Leavitt urged Indonesia to carry out another round of nationwide immunisations before the end of the year to halt the spread of the crippling virus.

Posted in Polio @ 18 October 2005 07:08 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 2 reactions


Govt: 'rainy season could mean spike in bird flu' The health minister called on people to be vigilant against bird flu in the upcoming rainy season, saying they could be especially susceptible to the disease during that time. "We are asking people to be careful," Health Minister Siti Fadila Supari told reporters Friday, saying the number of bird flu cases could rise in November and December.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 15 October 2005 10:26 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 7 reactions


Indonesia says bird flu found in boy A 4-year-old boy has tested positive for bird flu in Indonesia, a case which if confirmed would be the sixth in the world's fourth-most populous country, the health ministry said on Sunday. The boy from Lampung province on Sumatra was found to be infected with the deadly H5N1 strain of avian influenza, Director General of Disease Control and Environmental Health I Nyoman Kandun told Reuters.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 09 October 2005 15:35 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 3 reactions


Security tightened after Bali suicide bombings Security was tightened across Indonesia Sunday after suicide bombers detonated a string of explosions at tourist hot-spots on the island of Bali, killing 19 and injuring at least 132. The attacks -- two at cafes near Jimbaran and one at a restaurant in Kuta's main square -- came less than two weeks ahead of the third anniversary of 2002's deadly nightclub bombings in Bali.

Posted in Terrorism @ 03 October 2005 07:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 9 reactions


Bird flu death toll rises to six in Indonesia The death toll from Indonesia’s bird flu outbreak has risen to six, as the government announced it has ordered more than half a million tablets of anti-viral medication to help fight the disease. It was unclear whether the six dead included a woman with the virus who died today.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 26 September 2005 10:05 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 3 reactions


Ministry: 'Suspected bird flu cases rise to 11' Indonesia's suspected bird flu cases among humans rose to 11 from four in a week as the country sought to halt the spread of the disease that has killed at least four persons in two months. The latest suspected patient, a 15-year-old boy with high fever, acute pneumonia and other flu-like problems, was admitted to Sulianti Suroso hospital in northern Jakarta this morning, health ministry spokesman Sumardi said in an interview today.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 22 September 2005 17:26 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 3 reactions


Bird flu kills two young girls in Jakarta A bird flu outbreak that has killed at least four people in Indonesia could quickly turn into an epidemic, the health minister warned, as another two children with symptoms of the disease died Wednesday. The government scrambled to calm public fears after the deaths of the two girls, ages 5 and 2.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 21 September 2005 17:35 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 3 reactions


Govt: 'Bird flu outbreak an epidemic' Indonesia has described an outbreak of bird flu in its capital Jakarta as an epidemic after a five-year-old girl suspected of having the virus died. Health Minister Siti Fadillah Supari said sporadic human cases of bird flu had surfaced in recent months in and around parts of Jakarta, home to 12 million people.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 21 September 2005 10:09 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 3 reactions


Mass poultry culling planned to halt bird flu Indonesia will slaughter poultry and pigs in areas most infected by bird flu, 10 days after a fourth person died from the disease, a minister said today. The government also plans to draft a law that will allow it to punish farmers who refuse to kill their poultry, Agriculture Minister Anton Apriantono told reporters after a meeting with President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono to discuss ways to halt the spread of the avian influenza virus.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 21 September 2005 07:06 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 3 reactions


Muslim body supports polio vaccinations Indonesia's top Muslim body gave its seal of approval on Friday to next week's plan by the government to immunise more than 24 million children with polio vaccines next week. The support could dispel any doubts about the vaccines which may deter people from going to immunisation posts in Indonesia, the world's most populous Muslim nation, following an outbreak of the crippling disease.

Posted in Polio @ 26 August 2005 18:31 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 2 reactions


Indonesia prepares hospitals for bird flu care, checks Indonesia is preparing 44 hospitals across the sprawling archipelago for treatment and detection of bird flu after the country recorded its first deaths from the virus, the health minister said on Thursday. Siti Fadillah Supari also told reporters authorities were yet to determine how a government official and his two young daughters living in a Jakarta suburb contracted the virus.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 21 July 2005 08:47 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 3 reactions


Indonesia says first human death linked to bird flu Indonesia has recorded its first human death linked to bird flu after tests confirmed that a man who died earlier this month had the virus.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 20 July 2005 09:38 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 3 reactions


Bird flu suspected in 3 deaths in Indonesia Indonesian health officials say they believe three members of one family, living on the outskirts of Jakarta, may have died from bird flu. A one-year-old girl died last Saturday, her 38-year-old father died in hospital on Wednesday and a second daughter, 8, died on Thursday. They all died from a critical form of pneumonia.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 16 July 2005 10:27 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 3 reactions


Jakarta raises bird flu alert Bird flu is suspected in the deaths of a man and his two daughters in Indonesia and the lack of evidence that they had contact with sickened poultry raises concerns of possible human-to-human transmission, the nation's health minister said Friday. The victims, a 38-year-old man and his two girls, aged 9 and 1, would be Indonesia's first human fatalities linked to the disease.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 15 July 2005 09:48 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Heavy rain falls on corpse-littered Aceh Heavy rain fell on Indonesia's corpse-littered city of Banda Aceh Saturday, creating the conditions for cholera and other waterborne diseases to spread and adding to the misery of the thousands made homeless by the quake and tsunamis. A steady stream of foreign military aircraft _ including the first Blackhawk helicopters off of a U.S. aircraft carrier _ touched down at the airport close to this provincial capital with emergency aid. But officials acknowledged distribution networks were not in place to deliver the supplies to the most hard-hit areas.

Posted in Earthquake @ 01 January 2005 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia gives up counting its dead Indonesia has given up on trying to count the exact number of dead from Sunday's Indian Ocean tsunami so it can get on with the task of burying tens of thousands of disaster victims whose corpses lay rotting on the devastated island of Sumatra. As the sun set on Asia for the last time this year, millions were homeless, many of them with no clean water to drink and little or no food.

Posted in Earthquake @ 01 January 2005 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Dengue toll hits 191 in Indonesia Dengue fever has spread to four more Indonesian provinces, as the national death toll for the year so far rises to 191. Indonesia's Health Department says another 9,700 people from 16 provinces have become infected with the virus. The department has called it an "extraordinary" outbreak, because the number of infections is more than double that of the same period last year.

Posted in Dengue Fever @ 20 February 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Dengue fever death toll climbs to 161 The death toll from a dengue fever outbreak hitting Indonesia's sprawling archipelago has climbed to 161, said health ministry data on Wednesday. Dengue fever has traditionally been a killer across the world's fourth-most-populous nation, but the death toll so far this year is more than double the same period last year. The latest figure was compiled from all of Indonesia's 32 provinces, while a count of 91 dead on Tuesday covered just seven and excluded densely populated Central Java.

Posted in Dengue Fever @ 18 February 2004 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Awareness key to dengue prevention The frantic clean-up drives and fumigation of neighborhoods affected by the dengue fever outbreak will do little to stem the disease if people do not change their living habits, said a health official. "People tend to forget the danger of dengue fever if there are no victims in their neighborhood in the off season, while they clean their houses in a panic when somebody dies nearby," said head of the Tanah Abang Community Health Center Dr. Benny Patuwo.

Posted in Dengue Fever @ 18 February 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


17 killed, thousands infected by dengue in Jakarta An outbreak of dengue fever has killed 17 people in the Indonesian capital and infected thousands more, health officials said on Monday. As of Monday, health officials in Jakarta said 2,518 people in the capital had been hospitalised for the mosquito-borne disease -- twice the rate of last year. "The number of dengue fever cases is extraordinarily high," Indonesia's Health Minister Achmad Suyudi said.

Posted in Dengue Fever @ 16 February 2004 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Two die as SARS spreads to Singapore, Indonesia Two persons, including a doctor, died from Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), while six nurses suffering from the deadly flu-like disease were hospitalised today in Singapore. "Two SARS patients in intensive care passed away today," the Ministry of Health said in its daily update.

Posted in SARS @ 08 April 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Garuda to cut flights due to SARS Indonesia's state-owned airline, Garuda Indonesia, said on Sunday it would cut services within Asia by up to 30 percent due to falling passenger numbers caused by a deadly flu-like virus. The flag carrier said it would slash flights by more than half between Jakarta and neighbouring Singapore -- one of its most popular services -- and temporarily halt other flights to the island state where the virus has killed six people.

Posted in Garuda Indonesia @ 06 April 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia, WHO say no suspected SARS cases A senior official from Indonesia's health ministry and the World Health Organisation said on Wednesday there were no suspected cases of the deadly flu-like SARS virus in the country. Health Minister Achmad Sujudi told a news conference late on Tuesday there were three suspected SARS cases in Indonesia and another official said one of the patients had later died.

Posted in SARS @ 02 April 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Minister: 3 suspected SARS virus cases Indonesia's health ministersaid on Tuesday three suspected cases of the deadly respiratoryvirus had been detected in the country. "There are three cases suspected. We're going to announce alaw on this epidemic in two days," Health Minister AchmadSujudi told a news conference.

Posted in SARS @ 01 April 2003 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions
    
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