The government cannot fulfil its second phase target for immunisation against measles-rubella. The Indonesian Pediatricians Association has noted 699 cases of measles and rubella up to September this year. The Indonesian Ulama Council accused the Ministry of Health for being lax in requesting a change of their fatwa (edict) that declared vaccination was haram (illegal in Islam). Now preachers Abdul Somad and Mamah Dedeh have been roped in.
Mustaqowini, 35, did not bat an eyelash when an officer from her children’s school at the end of August handed her a letter to sign stating permission to conduct measles-rubella immunization. Instead of signing, she slid the unmarked letter back to the officer. “I knew the vaccine’s serum contains pork,” she said on Wednesday a week ago.
The woman from Kampar, Riau, was adamant in not allowing her two offspring be vaccina...