On Tuesday (01/08/2017) President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) launched a new immunization type called Measles Rubella immunization (MR). The presence of this immunization makes a total of nine dangerous diseases that can be prevented in children in Indonesia.
Nine dangerous diseases that can be prevented through immunization program in Indonesia are tuberculosis, measles, diphtheria, whooping cough, tetanus, polio, hepatitis B, hemofilus influenzae, and rubella.
“God willing, starting today we will give protection to one more disease, that is rubella, so children will be protected from nine diseases,” said Jokowi when declaring immunization MR at MTsN 10, Ngaglik, Yogyakarta.
Children need not be afraid of getting lots of shots. Although the number of diseases that are protected more and more, said Jokowi, the number of injections will not increase thanks to the combination of vaccines, such as quoting the Ministry of Health’s release on Tuesday (1/8/2017).
Jokowi also revealed the success of Indonesia free from smallpox, polio, and tetanus. With this vaccine, the problem of measles and rubella can gradually disappear, and congenital defects in infants due to rubella no longer exists. Thus, we in 2020 successfully achieve elimination of measles and rubella control.
In order to realize the target, Jokowi asked the community to support immunization of MR. One of them is by supporting the children get immunization of MR.
“I call for all Indonesian children across the country to be brought to the nearest Immunization Service Station to get MR immunization.” With MR immunization we create a healthy, qualified, productive and competitive Indonesian nation, “Jokowi concluded.