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Regional leaders to boost child immunization rate (Ministry)

(It’s) because vaccinations are mainly for children, who are mostly dear to a mother

Jakarta (ANTARA) – Health Minister Budi Gunadi Sadikin has encouraged all regional leaders to administer basic immunization programs for children in 2022.

“(It’s) because vaccinations are primarily for children, who are mostly dear to a mother,” Sadikin remarked as he delivered a press release at a virtual event, accessible from the Ministry of Health YouTube account by Friday.

The Ministry of Health had chosen Bangka Belitung as the location for commemorating World Immunization Day 2022, given the region’s relatively high immunization rate.

The ministry had set a target of 22.5% for basic immunization package coverage in the first quarter of 2022. However, it was only capped at 14% at the time.

Bangka Belitung was one of six places in Indonesia that exceeded the ministry’s target for basic vaccination. Therefore, Bangka Belitung had to motivate other regions to pursue the goal.

He felt that the proactive involvement of the regional government was important to achieve the goal.

“If the regional government fully supports basic vaccination, then the target rate can be achieved,” Sadikin noted.

Minister Sadikin said that female leading figures could be expected to exert efforts to achieve the vaccination target.

On the other hand, National Childhood Immunization Month would begin in May 2022 to catch up on vaccinations that were due to take place but were hampered by the COVID-19 pandemic.

As part of the program, two main events were planned: vaccinations against measles and rubella and basic vaccinations for toddlers, who had not yet received the complete basic vaccination kit.

The program targets up to 800,000 children across Indonesia who are at risk of contracting diseases, such as diphtheria, tetanus, measles, rubella and poliomyelitis, which could be prevented with vaccines.

The first phase of National Childhood Immunization Month will be held in May 2022 in Sumatra, Kalimantan, Sulawesi, Nusa Tenggara, Maluku and Papua, while the second phase will follow in August 2022 in Java and Bali.

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