Concerns about post- operative infections in Yogyakarta and Central Java hospitals
6 JUNE 2006, Yogyakarta -- WHO is developing implementation plan of an emergency plan with the Ministry of Health to provide pre-emptive immunization of a booster dose of Tetanus-diphtheria (Td) to the entire over -15 population in the earthquake affected areas, totaling approximately 1.3 million people. Simultaneously, one dose of measles vaccine will also be administered to children 6–59 months in the same areas. This is extremely important as many have been exposed to minor cuts and open wounds, and also because communities have started clearing rubble from damaged houses which would expose many to cuts and injuries and possible exposure to tetanus. This immunization campaign has commenced in some districts and would be extended to all districts shortly. WHO is also stressing the importance of providing the standard three doses of tetanus-toxoid vaccine, as per national guidelines, for anyone who has suffered injuries.
WHO urges the right kind of medical donations to Indonesia
1 JUNE 2006 | JAKARTA/NEW DELHI/GENEVA -- The emergency continues in Indonesia, as World Health Organization (WHO) works with authorities to provide medical care to survivors, to acquire the right kinds of medicines and equipment, and to set up a disease surveillance system in the areas hit by Saturday's earthquake.
Earthquake survivors need medical care, safe water, vaccination
29 MAY 2006 | JAKARTA/GENEVA -- The World Health Organization is sending emergency equipment, and will help to support vaccination campaigns and set up a disease surveillance system following the devastating earthquake on the island of Java, Indonesia on Saturday.
Indonesia launches country's largest-ever immunization campaign to tackle expanding polio epidemic
29 AUGUST 2005 -- To combat Indonesia's largest recorded polio epidemic, which now threatens a broad swath of countries across Asia, on 30 August, 24 million children will be immunized during the country's largest-ever mass immunization campaign.