Indonesian Ministry of Health Denies Link between COVID-19 Vaccination and Acute Hepatitis in Children

- 07 May 2022 11:27 WIB
Prof. dr. Hanifah Oswari, Sp. A(K)
Prof. dr. Hanifah Oswari, Sp. A(K)

JAKARTADAILY.ID - Indonesian Ministry of Health denies that there is a link between the COVID 19 Vaccination and the unknown cause of acute hepatitis in children.

As reported, 3 children died suspected of contracting acute hepatitis of unknown cause at RSUPN. DR. Ciptomangunkusumo Hospital Jakarta.

"This incident is related to the COVID-19 vaccine, which is not true, because there is currently no evidence that it is related to the COVID-19 Vaccination," said Lead Scientist for acute hepatitis cases, Prof. dr. Hanifah Oswari, Sp. A(K), at a press conference in Jakarta, Thursday, April 5, 2022.

Furthermore, Prof. Hanifah said that until now there is also no evidence that shows a link between acute hepatitis of Unknown Cause and the COVID-19 virus, but there is a coincidental (concurrent) event.

As an effort to increase awareness, prevention, and control of acute hepatitis Infections in Children, the government has implemented several things, including by issuing Circular Letter Number HK.02.02/C/2515/2022, about Alerts of  acute hepatitis Unknown Aetiology Case.

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In addition, the Ministry of Health has appointed, among others, the Infectious Disease Hospital Prof Dr. Sulianti Saroso and the UI Faculty of Medicine Laboratory as a reference laboratory for specimen examination.

The government also asked all health workers and health service facilities to implement infection prevention and control, especially for viral infections. In addition, it is also hoped that there will be a referral hospital in each district.


Editor: Muhamad Al Azhari



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