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20 October 2011 12:14
An Indonesian minister has expressed concern over the recurring instances of polio in the country
An Indonesian minister has expressed concern over the recurring instances of polio and measles in her country which continue to pose a health threat to children.
According to Endang Rahayu Sedyaningsih, Indonesia's health minister, recent years have seen a significant reduction in the number of both diseases but some villages are still prone to polio and measles. Efforts aimed at eradicating polio are continuing in many parts of the country, she said.
Addressing a coordination meeting of top health officials within the country, Ms Endang said: "With existing polio cases in the region, Indonesia can't be declared as a polio free country although no new polio incidence has occurred during the past five years.
"We have to stay alert on polio as many Indonesian people still have direct contact with polio-endemic countries."
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