And there are concerns that the thriving trade could pose a public health risk, and potentially the next global pandemic.
The World Health Organization South-East Asia Region today complimented member countries for scaling up childhood immunization coverage to pre-pandemic levels and called for continued intensified efforts with a focus on reaching the 2.3 million un-vaccinated and 650 000 partially vaccinated children.
The government is ramping up its efforts to bring the rising obesity rate below 3 percent by 2030 by focusing on improving public health education and monitoring processed foods.
Indonesia has made remarkable strides in adoption of smoke-free policy. As of June 2023, a total of 456 cities and districts, equal to around 86% of 520 cities and districts in Indonesia, have adopted smoke-free policies.
Indonesia relies on coal-fired power for 62.5% of its electricity generation. This reliance comes with significant impacts on the country’s air quality and public health, as well as a major contribution to the growth in greenhouse gas emissions over the past decade. The coal phase-out and net-zero pathways currently being prepared are a major opportunity to clean up Indonesia’s power system.
The Health Bill of Indonesia was recently approved by the Indonesian Parliament, granting permission for foreign medical specialists to practise and establish themselves in the country.
Lawmakers passed the omnibus health bill into law on Tuesday, eliminating mandatory health spending, which critics say will hurt the development of the national health system.
Indonesia has achieved high coverage for the first two of COVID-19 vaccine doses. The country grapples, however, with a considerable drop-off in the administration of booster shots.
Strengthening cross-sector collaboration: Implementing joint risk assessment (JRA) for prevention and control of zoonotic diseases
Approximately 70% of emerging infectious diseases (EIDs) in Indonesia originate from zoonoses, leading to escalating public health concerns.
Health experts and rights groups have criticised a new draft law in Indonesia, saying it puts citizens’ health data at risk.
Indonesia’s police are conducting preliminary inquiries into whether any actions by officials at the country’s drug regulator could amount to criminal wrongdoing, as they expand a probe into tainted cough syrups linked to the deaths of more than 200 children across the nation.
The Indonesian Health Ministry reported that the number of smokers in Indonesia showed an increasing trend from 2013 to 2019, especially among children and teenagers.
For some residents of a small city in the Indonesian province of West Java, empty plastic bottles are viewed as potential lifesavers and pathways to affordable healthcare.
Joko Widodo says Indonesians spend $11.5 billion annually for treatment overseas.
Among the two million pilgrims, more than 200,000 people will be from Indonesia.