Jakarta (ANTARA) - The Indonesian Child Protection Commission (KPAI) has underlined the need for screening the health of children in Jakarta by involving educational units, parents, and the community, given the increasing air pollution in Jakarta.

"The KPAI recommends first, strengthening health screening for children in all areas of Jakarta," KPAI deputy chairperson Jasra Putra said here on Monday.

Second, the commission has asked educational units to coordinate with education offices and the Religious Affairs Ministry's regional offices in Jakarta to provide quality remote learning for students who are found to be affected by air pollution.

The commission has also called for improvement in the implementation of the Clean and Healthy Lifestyle and Health Protocols at educational units and family environments as a preventive effort.

"Educational units around the 43rd ASEAN Summit venue can fully implement remote learning (during the summit implementation) by still considering fun and quality remote learning," Putra said.

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The KPAI has expressed concern over the decline in air quality over the past few weeks in Jakarta and its surrounding areas, which has affected the health of people residing in and around Jakarta.

He noted that students who carry out learning activities at school are very vulnerable to exposure to air pollution, which carries the risk of Acute Respiratory Infection (ARI).

In accordance with the mandate of Law Number 35 of 2014 Article 45B Paragraph (1), the government, regional governments, the community, and parents must protect children from activities that interfere with their health and development.

Thus, the government, regional governments, the community, and parents must engage in activities that protect children.

"The KPAI needs to take a role in this matter in order to provide maximum child protection, especially for children in educational units," he said.

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