Duh, 1.7 million babies in Indonesia have not received basic immunizations – Solopos.com

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Solopos.com, JAKARTA–As many as 1.7 million babies in Indonesia in the 2020-2021 period have not received basic immunization.

Director General of Disease Prevention and Control of the Ministry of Health, Maxi Rein Rondonuwu, explained that this condition had an impact on increasing the number of cases of diseases that should have been prevented through immunization or PD3I.

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This has also led to the emergence of extraordinary events (KLB) such as measles, rubella and diphtheria in a number of areas.

“If this lack of immunization coverage is not pursued, there will be an increase in cases which will become a double burden in the midst of a pandemic,” said Maxi in a virtual press conference, Tuesday (28/6/2022).

In 2020, the government targeted that immunization could be implemented up to 92%, but in fact it was only realized 84%.

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Meanwhile, in 2021, it is targeted to reach 93%, but only reached 84%.

The government is trying to reach the immunization coverage target that was not achieved before by holding the National Child Immunization Month (BIAN).

The program includes two services, namely, the first is an additional immunization service in the form of giving one dose of measles and rubella immunization (regardless of previous immunization status).

Second, the catch-up immunization service is the provision of one or more types of immunizations to complement basic and advanced immunizations.

This service is intended for children who have not received their age-appropriate dose of vaccine.

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“We have to remember again that if we don’t close this immunity gap immediately, there will be an increase in cases and outbreaks which will become a double burden in the midst of a pandemic, we also have the potential to fail to achieve the rubella measles elimination target by 2023 and fail to maintain a polio-free Indonesia that has been achieved since 2014,” he added.

The implementation is carried out in two stages. The first phase will be given in all provinces outside Java and Bali in May 2022.

The immunizations given are for measles, rubella (ages 9-15 years) and catch-up immunizations for ages 12-29 months who have not yet had complete immunizations for OPV, IPV, and DPT-HB-Hib.

The implementation of the second phase in August 2022 in the provinces of Java and Bali.

The immunizations given are measles, rubella, intended for ages 9-59 months and catch-up immunizations for ages 12-59 months who are not complete with OPV, IPV, and DPT-HB-Hib immunizations.

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