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    Measles and Rubella Immunization to Fulfill Indonesian Children Rights

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    YOGYAKARTA-The government is strongly committed to the elimination of measles and controlling rubella diseases and congenital disability due to rubella (Congenital Rubella Syndrome) in Indonesia in 2020. The strategy adopted is the provision of Measless Rubella (MR) immunization for children aged 9 months to less than 15 years .

    "The strategy aims to control both diseases (measles and rubella), which then followed the switching of measles vaccine into MR vaccine into the immunization program," said Minister of Health, Prof. Dr. Ir. Dr. Nila F Moeloek, Tuesday (1/8).

    Healthy living is the right of every child. Therefore, Minister of Health requested that every child get MR immunization.

    "Immunization MR is given to protect Indonesian children from congenital abnormalities such as hearing loss, visual impairment, cardiac abnormalities and mental retardation caused by rubella infection during pregnancy.We want to realize healthy and quality Indonesian children in the future," said Minister of Health.

    GAVI Deputy CEO Anuradha Gupta says measles is one of the most contagious diseases in humans and claimed one casualty every four minutes, mostly children. As dangerous as rubella is a serious threat and if infected early in pregnancy can cause birth defects in the brain, heart, eyes and ears. However, it can be prevented by immunizing MR.

    "With less than a dollar per dose of these immunizations, these diseases can be safely and effectively prevented," Gupta said.

    In this MR immunization, GAVI supports the Government of Indonesia by contributing 50% of the total cost of the vaccine.

    MR immunization will be conducted in two phases, ie from August to September 2017 in all areas of Java Island, and from August to September 2018 in all provinces outside of Java Island.

    "Immunization MR is targeted to reach at least 95% coverage. The target is intended to eliminate measles and rubella control can be realized in 2020, "added Minister of Health.

    From the release of PT Bio Farma, as a first step, the government will launch a national campaign and introduction of measles and rubella immunization in Madrasah Tsanawiah 10 Sleman, Yogyakarta. The declaration will be followed by a review of the implementation of immunization services in schools. The success of this campaign is largely determined by the support and participation of the whole community. (Pun)

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