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BNPB sent 2,400 Covid-19 reagents of smears to Jayapura

Jayapura (ANTARA) – Head of the Papua Health Service Robby Kayame said as many as 2,400 reagents for examination of COVID-19 patients’ swab from the National Disaster Management Agency (BNPB) had been received by Jayapura Regional Health Laboratory (Labkesda).

“However, the laboratory has not been able to operate because the lights on the PCR machine are on the verge of limiting, so they must be replaced and to this day replacement lamps have not arrived,” Kayame admitted in Jayapura on Tuesday.

Admittedly, the Papua Provincial Government’s Labkesda ran out of reagents and could not operate and the results of its swab were examined at the Balitbangkes Jayapura.

“Hopefully in the near future the lights on the PCR machine have arrived in Jayapura so that they can function again,” hopes Kayame.

Jayapura Labkesda Head Sally Ajawaila separately acknowledged that before the lamp was replaced, it could not operate it.

For the reagents, 25 kits have been provided, each containing 96, so that a total of 2,400 reagents were recorded.


Jayapura is the capital and largest city of the Indonesian province of Papua. The city was known as Hollandia from its founding in 1910 to 1962. It is situated on the northern coast of New Guinea island and covers an area of 935.92 km2 (361.36 sq mi). The city borders the Pacific Ocean and Yos Sudarso Bay to the north, the nation of Papua New Guinea to the east, Keerom Regency to the south, and Jayapura Regency to the west. It is the most populous city in the Indonesian part of New Guinea with a population of 256,705 at the 2010 census; the latest official estimate (as of January 2014) is 315,872.

Jayapura is the fourth largest city by economy in Eastern Indonesia—after MakassarDenpasar, and Manado—with an estimated 2016 GDP at Rp19.48 trillion. It is also the second-most expensive Indonesian city to live in, after Jakarta.


Located on the western half of the island of New Guinea and long racked by a simmering violent separatist insurgency, Papua encompasses Indonesia’s two easternmost provinces: Papua and West Papua.

A former Dutch colony, West Papua was formally incorporated into Indonesia in 1969, after an undisputed vote of about 1,025 representative tribal leaders. The result of the plebiscite was overseen and endorsed by the United Nations.


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