The Jakarta Post
Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan said on Monday that he would increase the budget for vaccinations against communicable diseases.
“We are starting to allocate more funds for vaccination against various diseases in Jakarta,” Anies said at City Hall as quoted by kompas.com.
He said it might require more money from the city budget but it would have a major impact on future generations.
Anies said authorities should not rely on international organizations to subsidize vaccination programs.
Despite being the country’s capital, Jakarta is still struggling to eradicate communicable diseases.
Jakarta was among the provinces that were under threat of a nationwide diphtheria outbreak earlier this year.
The city recorded 109 diphtheria cases with two fatalities at the end of 2017, a significant increase from 17 cases in 2016.
Following the outbreak, the Health Ministry launched an outbreak response immunization (ORI) program in three provinces, namely Jakarta, West Java and Banten, because of their high population densities.
Anies said tuberculosis was a focus in the upcoming programs as the city was among provinces with the highest number of cases, with 37,716 cases last year. (wit)