Government must help improve quality of 71.4 million families: BKKBN

Jakarta (ANTARA) – The National Population and Family Planning Agency (BKKBN) has said the government will need to help up to 71,482,499 families to improve their quality.

Deputy for Family Planning and Reproductive Health at BKKBN Eni Gustina told attendees of a webinar held here on Saturday that during the COVID-19 pandemic, data from some 68 million the 71,482,499 families could have been sorted by name and address.

Currently, one in four toddlers is stunted, Gustina pointed out. The high ratio is due to factors such as pregnant women with anemia, malnutrition in children and a too short interval between births.

According to 2017 National Health Diagnosis Standard (SDKI) data, the infant mortality rate (IMR) has been capped at 24 deaths per 1,000 births.

Meanwhile, 5.1% of teens admitted to using narcotics and other illegal drugs. In addition to this, the annual morbidity rate among the elderly was 26.20%.

According to data from the Central Bureau of Statistics, the percentage of poor people in Indonesia reached 9.41% of the total population in 2019.

Gustina said that to create a good quality family, the government must design interventions for certain stages of life to cover married couples, couples of reproductive age, families and children.

These efforts could include accelerating a campaign to educate teenagers about the right age to marry: at least 21 for women and 25 for men.

They must also include the dissemination of information on pregnancy planning, such as advising women not to have children after the age of 35. People also need to plan each pregnancy and parenting methods well.

The agency promotes the use of contraceptives among potential newlyweds and couples of childbearing age, as the government aims to involve 70% of mothers in the family planning program to set a longer birth spacing deadline .

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In addition to family planning, the agency also urges brides and grooms to undergo a medical examination three months before getting married. The check-up is intended to assess the condition of a future mother for pregnancy planning.

Monitoring is done through blood tests and measurements of arm circumference, height, and weight, so a mother can check whether she has anemia or chronic energy deficiency.

Gustina said that all women contribute to the creation of a good quality family. Thus, she said she expects all women to plan their pregnancy, implement family functions and maintain their own health and that of their baby.

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