KUCHING – The action of a small anti vaccine group that rejects the vaccine provision will bring about more adverse impact on their babies and community as a whole.
Hence Sarawak Assistant Minister of Public Health Datuk Dr Jerip Susil advised the people not to be easily swayed or believed the propaganda of this group.
“The Health Department has detected 28 cases confirmed to be diphtheria positive and five deaths have been reported, three in Sabah and one each in Kedah and Melaka.
“Investigations revealed those who had died did not receive diphtheria vaccination jabs,” he said when officiating the state level seminar and forum entitled “Immunisation: Facts and Controversy” here today.
He said although Sarawak was free from diphtheria cases since 2012, the department’s monitoring revealed that a handful of parents in the state rejected the vaccination because they doubted the vaccine’s effectiveness.
He said the matter should be addressed by holding awareness programmes on the importance of immunisation and vaccination and by curbing the influence of ‘doctor goggle’ as well as inaccurate ideology and views on health messages.
Dr Jerip said the use of social media applications such as whatsapp, facebook and twitter had become the medium for certain groups to spread negative propaganda, especially relating to the Health Ministry’s immunisation programme.
“These irresponsible people deliberately made viral that the immunisation programme, particularly for babies can cause defects,” he said.
He urged the department to continue efforts to promote the benefits and advantages of the national programme, especially for babies and general public. – BERNAMA