Jayawijaya regency clarifies high HIV prevalence
The Jakarta Post
The Jakarta Post
Jayawijaya Regency has clarified The Jakarta Post's news report stating that its capital city, Wamena, in West Papua has a high prevalence of HIV/AIDS.
Quoting Antara newswire, the Post's story '5,100 HIV/AIDS cases detected in Wamena', was a result of misinterpretation, according the Jayawijaya regional secretary Yohanis Walilo, as the number did not represent the number of HIV/AIDS cases in his regency only.
He stated that the figure was released by the Wamena Regional General Hospital, which had been appointed as the referral hospital for HIV/AIDS patients in seven regencies.
The news report had misinterpreted the data by saying that the number was equal to 10 percent of Wamena's population while the number actually derived from seven regencies with a total population of 900,000. This meant that the figure accounted for 0.5 percent of the total population in the West Papua region.
He added that total HIV/AIDS cases in Jayawijaya regency amounted to 4,521, or about 1.5 percent of the region's total population of 290,278.
Based on this clarification, the Post has retracted the story.(+++)
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