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Jayawijaya regency clarifies high HIV prevalence

  • The Jakarta Post

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, June 16, 2015   /  06:22 pm

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 '€œ5,100 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.(+++)