Read also: Let’s get childhood immunization back on trackRespondents expressed concern about the high cost of getting immunization services at private healthcare facilities, services that would be free at public facilities.The Health Ministry’s disease control and prevention director general, Achmad Yurianto, said public health facilities should remain open and safe during the pandemic, and called on parents not to delay giving immunizations to their children.“If any health service facilities are temporarily closed, parents should ask local community health staff for information on the closest alternatives,” said Yurianto, who is also the former national COVID-19 spokesman, as quoted in the statement.The survey, however, also discovered high demand for immunization, showing that some parents and caregivers had looked for alternative service points.The survey showed that parents who had studied the safe immunization guidelines applied by health authorities were more willing to take their children for vaccinations.UNICEF argued that investment in safe immunization and expanding the outreach of health services were important and urgent in order to ease parents’ doubts.“During the pandemic, children must be protected against diseases that can be prevented by immunizations. We must do everything we can so that all children throughout the country can continue to receive this important service,” UNICEF representative Debora Comini said.Topics : Almost one third of Indonesian parents and caregivers are doubtful about taking their children for routine immunizations during the COVID-19 pandemic for fear of contracting the coronavirus, a recent survey has found.The survey, carried out by the Health Ministry in collaboration with UNICEF, collected responses online from nearly 7,000 parents and caregivers of children under the age of 2 in 34 provinces from July 4 to July 13.The survey found that only half of the respondents had taken their children for routine immunizations in the past two months. “Prior to the pandemic, resistance to immunizations had already increased in Indonesia, and this was exacerbated by [immunization] vaccine doubts during the pandemic,” UNICEF said in a statement on Monday.The survey also showed a “significant shift” in parents and caregivers’ behavior in seeking immunization services.Prior to the pandemic, according to the survey, around 90 percent of Indonesian children had availed of immunization services at community health facilities such as community health centers (Puskesmas) and integrated health services posts (Posyandu) as well as village delivery facilities (Polindes).However, the majority of the respondents stated that they were now seeking immunization in private clinics and hospitals due to the closure of government healthcare facilities in their communities.
The No. 1 ranked Wisconsin Badgers (35-4-2) took home their fifth-ever NCAA National Championship over the weekend after defeating the No. 2 Minnesota Golden Gophers 2–0 Sunday at the Frozen Four in Hamden, Connecticut. It was a dominant weekend performance from Wisconsin against both No. 4 Clarkson and No. 2 Minnesota, as the team did not allow a goal all weekend.The Badgers had not won a National Championship since 2011, despite having made it to the Frozen Four every year except the 2012-13 season.In Saturday’s victory over Clarkson (30-8-2), the Badgers faced a tougher test than the 5–0 scoreline would suggest. The game remained scoreless throughout the first period as both goalkeepers were able to keep a clean sheet. But Wisconsin managed to rattle off eight more shots on target than the Golden Knights.The scoring drought was finally broken by junior forward Abby Roque nearly ten minutes into the second period. Even after this opening goal, both teams remained neck-and-neck. But Wisconsin created some separation when senior forward Sam Cogan scored the second goal for the Badgers at around the 11-minute mark in the third period.Following Cogan’s goal, the floodgates opened for the Badgers, as they scored a flurry of goals that blew the game wide open.During the last nine minutes of competition, senior captain Annie Pankowski managed to score both a full-strength goal and an empty net goal, the latter of which was followed up by a goal from junior forward Presley Norby.Women’s hockey: Why the women’s hockey team deserves more cloutThe University of Wisconsin women’s hockey team is undoubtedly one of the most successful athletic programs on campus. With four Read…Despite some early struggles against Clarkson, the Badgers brought momentum into Sunday’s championship, which would serve as yet another edition of the border battle against the Minnesota Golden Gophers (32-6-1).The Badgers opened up scoring against the Gophers as senior forward Sophia Shaver snuck one past Minnesota goalie Alex Gulstene.While they managed to get out to an early lead in the first period thanks to this goal, the Badgers still faced stiff offensive opposition from Minnesota, who managed to fire an equal number of shots on goal in the first period.Deadlocked for the next 20 minutes of game time, neither team managed to gain the upper hand. Then, Pankowski put the team on her back — as she has done all season long — with a second-period goal to give the Badgers a 2–0 lead that they would hold on to until the final buzzer.Few players in program history have performed at such a high level for as long as Pankowski, and there is not a more fitting way to end her historic career than by scoring her team’s final goal en route to its first national title in nearly a decade.While Pankowski has drawn much of the attention following the victory, junior goalie Kristen Campbell’s achievements in the Frozen Four are first class.Over the last two games of the season, Campbell managed to keep a clean sheet while facing off against possibly the Badgers’ two toughest opponents of the season. Despite facing a total of 41 shots on goal throughout the Frozen Four, Campbell did not allow a single goal.The Badgers were always able to produce offensively throughout the season, but it is arguably the clutch performance from Campbell that allowed them to seal the deal and bring the Championship trophy to Madison — where it belongs.
By Chris F. Pewu (Intern)A former acting Deputy Minister of Agriculture, Isaac Flowers, wants President George Weah’s government to focus on agriculture to reduce the country’s dependence on foreign imports.Speaking recently at a day-long workshop organized by the National Fish Farmers Union of Liberia (NAFFUL), Flowers said if the government makes agriculture one of its pillars of development, the country will move into mechanized farming.He said Liberia has one of the most fertile soils in the world, and therefore the land is a garden that should be used to produce the country’s staple food, rice.Flowers wants the government to allow each county to produce food to contribute to the country’s fight against hunger.For instance, he said Lofa, Bong, and Nimba counties used to produce rice; and Lofa County was described as the country’s breadbasket. He said River Gee County is a lowland and therefore could be the biggest producer of lowland rice, and talked about Nimba County’s ability to produce plantain that could feed the country.He suggested that the government should identify soil structures in all of the counties, adding, “We want our country to export food to other countries to be able to earn foreign exchange.”The former Deputy Agriculture Minister made references to at-risk youth, described as zogos, as one of the government’s sources of manpower for any eventual agricultural revolution.Min. Flowers said proper farm to the market roads are some of the major embarrassments to farmers that the government should address with urgency for any future agricultural revolution to be successful.“If the Liberian government can empower farmers with some of the issues we have raised here to be able to produce food to feed the country then the government must urgently put more money in the sector,” he said.Other speakers included Benjamin Tarnue, who explained to the 30 participants the background of the project’s objectives and the activities of the workshop. He also discussed how to prevent conflicts that are associated with food insecurity.The theme of the seminar was ‘Enhancing conflict prevention and peace consolidation through increased food security in the fishery sector in support of UNMIL.”There were also remarks by representatives of UNMIL and the European Union in support of the effective management of conflict as it relates to food security.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)