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Parents urge hospital to reveal names of fake vaccine victims

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    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sun, July 24, 2016   /  10:46 am
Parents urge hospital to reveal names of fake vaccine victims Standing up for their rights: Parents hold a peaceful rally in front of Harapan Bunda Hospital in East Jakarta, on Saturday. (thejakartapost.com/Winda Ayu Charmila)

Dozens of parents held a peaceful rally in front of Harapan Bunda Hospital in East Jakarta on Saturday, demanding that the hospital reveal the names of patients vaccinated in the period between 2003 and 2016.

“We stage this rally, coinciding with National Children’s Day, to demand that the hospital take responsibility for our children and not ignore our request," said August Siregar, the chairman of an alliance of parents of fake vaccine victims at Harapan Bunda.

He further said the group wanted Harapan Bunda to conduct medical examinations on babies vaccinated at the hospital to find out who had been injected with fake vaccines.

The hospital’s medical committee head, Seto Hanggoro, said earlier all vaccines administered before March this year and paid for through the hospital’s cashier were genuine.

The National Police have named Harapan Bunda paediatrician Indra Sugiarno and a nurse, identified only as Ina, suspects for allegedly administering fake vaccines to babies at the hospital.

Harapan Bunda is among 14 health facilities accused of administering fake vaccines to their patients. Up until now, the parents said, their children had not been re-vaccinated since Health Minister Nila F. Moeloek revealed the names of the hospitals on June 14.

August further said parents could not re-vaccinate their children in integrated health posts (Posyandu) because the posts required them to give a recommendation letter from the hospital.

The hospital management has so far refused to give any clarification over the vaccination problems or to respond to the parents’ demand, he added. (wnd/ebf)

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