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Jakarta Post

Rejection in Muslim regions persist

  • Gemma Holliani Cahya and Hotli Simanjuntak

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, September 14 2018   /  12:16 am

With only around two weeks before the measles-rubella (MR) vaccine campaign ends on Sept. 30, resistance against the campaign remains strong in Aceh.

As of Thursday, the Health Ministry recorded that Aceh’s coverage rate stood at 6.96 percent, far short of the 95 percent targeted, making it the province with the lowest vaccination coverage rate.

But it came as no surprise given that Aceh is the only province in the country that implements sharia.

Last month, its acting governor, Nova Iriansyah, said he had instructed his administration to postpone the vaccination program across the province.

It was unclear whether or not he had formally issued his decision. However, his announcement, days after the MR campaign started in August, has put the campaign in Aceh in limbo.

Nova said at the time that the postponement would be in force until the Indonesian U...