Yogyakarta (ANTARA) - All villages in Yogyakarta Province currently have a stunting reduction acceleration team (TPPS) to drive efforts to lower the stunting prevalence rate to 14 percent by 2024, according to the province's Health Office.

"Those teams will mobilize the people to implement stunting reduction acceleration efforts collectively within respective tasks and authorities," Yogyakarta Health Office's Public Health Department Head Endang Pamungkasiwi stated here, Wednesday.

She remarked that the stunting eradication teams are distributed in Yogyakarta's 78 sub-districts and 438 villages.

"(The teams) have been set up in all villages. However, the speed of mobilization in some villages might be different from other villages," the department head remarked.

Among the team's duties in terms of health and non-health interventions are providing additional foods, multivitamins, and health services, as well as disseminating information on healthy lifestyle and stunting prevalence data to the public, she elaborated.

The home ministry will evaluate and grade the stunting prevention team's performance, Pamungkasiwi remarked while adding that the team’s achievements will carry weight to the regional heads' performance grade.

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According to the province's Health Office data, the number of cases of stunting in Yogyakarta had constantly decreased, from 21.04 percent in 2019 to 17.3 percent in 2021 and 16.4 percent in 2022.

Pamungkasiwi expressed optimism that health interventions and dissemination of information to the public would help to successfully achieve the 14-percent stunting prevalence rate target in the province by 2024, as mandated by Presidential Regulation No. 72 of 2021.

Earlier, the National Population and Family Planning Agency (BKKBN) stated that it had disbursed Rp32.9 billion (US$2.1 million) for stunting reduction efforts in Yogyakarta's four districts and one city this year.

Sleman District received Rp9 billion (US$576 thousand), followed by Bantul District that obtained Rp7.6 billion (US$486 thousand), Gunungkidul District at Rp6.7 billion (US$428 thousand), Kulonprogo District with Rp5.3 billion (US$339 thousand), and Yogyakarta City, Rp4 billion (US$256 thousand).

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