Vice President Kalla reviews stunting prevention program in Lombok

Praya, W Nusa Tenggara (ANTARA News) – Vice President Jusuf Kalla, World Bank President Jim Yong Kim, and West Nusa Tenggara Governor Muhammad Zainul Majdi reviewed the stunting prevention program in Dakung Village, Central Praya Sub-district, Central Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara, Thursday.

Vice President Kalla noted that the stunting prevention program in the village is a future program for the youth of Indonesia.

“We must be concerned about this, as stunting can affect brain development in the future generation. Hence, these programs are being implemented to improve the childrens abilities and qualities,” he stated.

According to Kalla, this case is the outcome of what the nation had done in the past two to three decades.

“This is not a new program, but it must be rejuvenated. There are community health clinics, but they now need to be improved, and all parties need to cooperate in the system. We start by repairing roads, boosting the economy of society, and improving the health of pregnant women and children,” he explained.

In addition, the public works and public housing minister, in charge of handling clean water and infrastructure issues, attended the event.

He noted that to build a healthy generation, facilities and clean sanitation must be provided first, for which the finance minister will allocate funding.

Hence, the involvement and willingness of the community will be a determinant in ensuring the success of programs, including the stunting prevention program.

“Without a mobile community, the governments project will not work. We will come two or three years later,” he added.

Meanwhile, Village, Disadvantaged Area Development and Transmigration Minister Eko Putro Sandjojo revealed that the village fund program has had a positive impact on the progress of the village.

“I am certain that despite the village fund program encountering a problem at first, it will bring about significant development in the village,” he noted.

This is apparent from the budget that rose from 82 percent in the first year to 98 percent currently.

Source: ANTARA News