Monday, 18 November 2019 | 23:41 WIB

400,000 Children in Indonesia Lack Complete Basic Immunization

Anung Sugihantono, Director General of Prevention and Control of Diseases at the Indonesia Ministry of Health (netralnews)

JAKARTA, NETRALNEWS.COM - Anung Sugihantono, Director General of Prevention and Control of Diseases at the Indonesia Ministry of Health, says that referring to data from the World Health Organization (WHO) there are 20 million children who have not carried out complete basic immunizations.

Complete basic immunization is intended to be immunization given at a predetermined time frame.

In Indonesia, it is said that there are still 12 percent of children who have not undergone complete basic immunization. Basic immunization is basically given to children up to 12 months of age.

"There are still around 400,000 Indonesian children who have not been immunized in 2018. There is a small number who cannot get immunizations at all, but the numbers are very small, below one percent," said Anung.

Furthermore, Anung explained that the distribution of hundreds of thousands of children who have not been immunized is in all regions, but the largest proportion is in parts of Eastern Indonesia. The provinces of Aceh and West Sumatra, said Anung, also included areas with complete basic immunization rates that were not encouraging.

"Those who have not received immunizations are various. The immunization starts from BCG (Bacillus Calmette-Guérin), DPT (Diphtheria, Pertussis, and Tetanus), folio, measles, so immunization is complete. But there are only one immunization. "There are those who have DPT immunization for three times, but there are those who get it once and do not re-immunize," explained Anung.

Anung said, in response to these figures, the Ministry of Health will continue to seek public understanding regarding the importance of immunization. The Ministry of Health also claims that it will continue to improve the quality of services to the community. One of them is like the media is also considered to have a strategic role in giving an understanding of immunization to the public.