Jakarta (ANTARA) - The Jakarta Health Office has urged stakeholders in the health sector to play a more active role in supporting children’s immunization to improve its coverage and quality as well as make it more equitable.

Grassroots actors, such as public figures and religious figures, are very important for creating high, equitable, and quality immunization coverage, acting Head of the Jakarta Health Office Ani Ruspitawati said.

During the 2023 World Immunization Week here on Saturday, she urged public health centers (puskesmas) to cooperate more with health facilities in the regions to complete the immunization of children under the age of five.

"Let us complete the immunization of every child in Jakarta together to make Indonesia have a golden children generation as the successors to all of us," she remarked.

According to Ruspitawati, success in protecting children from diseases is part of the Health Office's effort to provide health services in Jakarta.

She noted that the decline in Jakarta's immunization coverage in 2020 and 2021 caused several diseases, such as diphtheria, measles, and tuberculosis, to emerge once again.

She informed that the Maternal Mortality Rate (AKI) in 2020 reached 70.09 per 100 thousand live births, which increased in 2021 to 76.49 per 100 thousand live births, with 45.39 percent of the deaths caused by COVID-19.

Then, in 2022, the figure reached 74.80 per 100 thousand live births.

Meanwhile, the Infant Mortality Rate (AKB) continued to decline from 3.14 per 1 thousand live births in 2018 to 1.64 per 1 thousand live births in 2021 and then 4.37 per 1 thousand live births in 2022.

She highlighted that the AKI and AKB are already lower than the 2019–2024 RPJMN (National Mid-Term Development Plan) target for 2024 of 183 for AKI and 16 for AKB.

“However, when I saw the advantage in health facility access in Jakarta, the AKI and AKB should be able to be further reduced,” she said.

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