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Jakarta Post

Govt urged to apologize to victims of fake vaccines

  • News Desk

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, July 25, 2016   /  06:43 pm
Govt urged to apologize to victims of fake vaccines Parents united: A peaceful rally is held by parents in front of Harapan Bunda Hospital in East Jakarta on Saturday to demand that it announce the names of babies administered fake vaccines at the hospital. ( Ayu Charmila)

Doctors have called on the government to accept some of the responsibility on the widespread distribution of fake vaccines, which has allegedly taken place in the country since 2003.

“Don’t make us scapegoats in this case and see us as the only ones to be blamed,” Indonesian Doctors Association (IDI) chairman Ilham Oetama Marsis told journalists at the House of Representatives complex in Senayan, Central Jakarta, on Monday.

(Read also : YLKI claims cartel behind fake-vaccine scandal)

He said the government, together with relevant institutions, should apologize to the public and learn from the case by improving its supervision of the distribution of vaccines and medicines.

The National Police have named three doctors suspects in the fake vaccine distribution case. Angry parents have reportedly threatened doctors at three of the 14 hospitals blamed for distributing fake vaccines. The hospitals are Harapan Bunda Hospital in East Jakarta, Mutiara Bunda Hospital in Ciledug and Santa Elisabeth Hospital in Bekasi.

The IDI said it would assist the three doctors and any other doctor accused of complicity in the case. (wnd/ebf)

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