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AIHSP Organizes Inclusive Monitoring and Evaluation of Handling COVID-19 Rumors and Hoaxes

The Provincial Government of Bali, together with AIHSP, Save the Children, and IDEP Foundation posing before the event started

The Provincial Government of Bali, together with the Australia Indonesia Health Security Partnership (AIHSP) through Save the Children Indonesia and IDEP Foundation, are carrying out the COVID-19 Vaccination Acceleration Program in three priority districts which include Karangasem, Buleleng, Jembrana, and other areas with the main target being the community vulnerable groups, including older people, persons with disabilities and other vulnerable groups.

This activity was held at Four Star by Trans Hotel at 09.00 WITA, Wednesday, 8 March 2023. The aim is to present monitoring results and plans regarding follow-up Case Handling (Rumors & Hoaxes) to support the Inclusive COVID-19 Vaccination Program in Bali Province. Denni Rajagukguk, as the Provincial Coordinator of AIHSP-Bali, attended along with Vita Nandika as the Provincial Coordinator of the Vaccine & Trace Program from Save the Children, and Putu Suryawan as our Program Coordinator from IDEP.

Also, present was the Executive Head of the Bali Province Regional Disaster Management Agency (BPBD), I Made Rentin, who gave brief directions and thanked the team who had struggled to provide vaccinations, especially for vulnerable groups in Bali Province. The Head of the Bali Provincial Health Office, Dr. dr. I Nyoman Gede Anom, M. Kes. add that the achievements in Bali have been exemplary even though there are challenges that need to be faced.

“Rumors and hoaxes are often obstacles, but this is what we must face. These challenges need to be noted and studied. We focus on the priorities of the three districts, where other areas still need to be monitored. I already talked to Mrs. Denni,” he said.

I Made Rentin present the COVID-19 vaccination achievement to all participants involved

On this occasion, there were at least four essential things discussed. It begins with presenting the results of Case Management which has been running since October 2022, and reports on running this in three regencies, namely Buleleng, Jembrana, and Karangasem. Heads of the Health Service from each relevant district also joined the discussion. Also present were several other parties contributing good aspirations, namely the Head of the National Health Center 1, the Head of the Jembrana 1 Health Center, the Heads of the Kubu 1 and 2 Health Centers, the Head of the Buleleng 3 Health Center, and the Head of Tejakula 2 Health Center.

Discussion and sharing session with Public Health Center representatives from Jembrana, Buleleng, and Karangasem

Each party involved exchanged ideas for ways to speed up the identification and handling of suspected AEFI cases from the village level. All participants also prepared another agenda to strengthen the community-based COVID-19 case management system implemented at the intervention village level.

At the end of the event dr. AA Sagung Mas Dwipayani, as the Head of the Health Promotion Division at the Bali Provincial Health Office, also reminded the importance of social media in providing COVID-19 vaccination information.

“We’ve done a workshop in three days. This digital media is significant because, in the current era Whatsapp, Tiktok, Youtube, and Twitter significantly impact providing information. The social media needs to be used to ward off hoax information related to the COVID-19 vaccination,” she said before closing the event.

Article & Photo: Nicolaus Sulistyo © IDEP Foundation