Elly Burhaini Faizal (The Jakarta Post)
Mon 22 November 2021
Mobility restrictions, which are aimed at limiting the spread of COVID-19, have significantly curtailed the activities of health workers in Indonesia. Due to disruptions in routine care, risk factors for infection and disease in children have been overlooked, increasing the risk of death and disease, including those caused by pneumonia.
The still high child mortality rate from pneumonia in the country continued to become a source of concern among government officials and health experts.
Health Minister Budi Gunadi Sadikin said amid the focus on tackling COVID-19, the government needs to improve health care services to reduce maternal and child mortality, which remains the challenge major of the country. To meet this need, the Ministry of Health will increase antenatal care visits (ANC), ensure the availability of ultrasound infrastructure in each community health center (Puskesmas) and expand immunization coverage in primary health facilities.
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