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Bio Farma Answers Global Challenges with IPV Production

MARCH 11, 2016

Bandung. State pharmaceutical company Bio Farma is preparing production lines of polio vaccine in injectable form. This preparation is an effort of the Indonesian-owned vaccine manufacturer to adjust to the global challenges.

President Director of Bio Farma Iskandar said the production of injection polio vaccine (IPV) will replace the production of oral vaccines that the company has sold to fulfil the needs from 132 countries.

Production in the form of oral polio vaccine from Bio Farma meets the needs of two-thirds of the world.

“The national [Indonesia’s] need is about 20 million doses,” he said after the National Polio Immunization Week activities in Bandung.

Bio Farma’s IPV production was in line with global targets to eradicate polio to free of the earth’s population in 2019 to come.

“There were about 100 people involved in the production process of this polio vaccine. They are also working to prepare other types of vaccines, “said Iskandar, adding that Bio Farma itself has been involved in the preparation for this polio vaccine since 1992.

Polio is one of the issues discussed in the 68th session of the general assembly of the World Health Organization in Geneva, Switzerland in May 2015.

The Government of Indonesia through the Health Minister Nila Moeloek stated the country’s commitment to support the international policy in the application of polio vaccine injection to eradicate polio cases.

The immunization program, which includes polio vaccine has successfully led Indonesia to get a polio-free certificate from the World Health Organization (WHO) on March 27, 2014.

Corporate Secretary of Bio Farma, M. Rahman Rustan said Bio Farma is currently supplying two-thirds of polio vaccines for the world.

“WHO still had to wait two countries in Southeast Asia [to have the region free from the disease], respectively Afghanistan and Pakistan, of which till 2015 they still discovered hundreds of children with polio cases,” he said.

Iskandar said Indonesia’s ability to produce polio vaccine, which quality is acknowledged shows the nation is already self-reliance in producing such vaccine.

“This is a manifestation of Nawacita launched by the government. We hope this can be successful, “said Iskandar.

Chairperson of the The Family Welfare Movement (PKK) of West Java chapter Netty Heryawanm said the government sets a target to give vaccine to 4.3 million of child in the span of one week from March 8 to 15, 2016. In a bid to meet that target, the government has set up 52,151 polio vaccin posts scattered at various Posyandu (community clinic for children and pregnant woman) and hospitals.

The West Java Health Office is also preparing 137 additional posts that were scattered in a number of strategic locations such as airports, shopping malls, supermarkets, terminals, and train stations.

“We have prepared 156,423 cadres who have been trained to serve the immunization program,” Netty said, adding the cadres will assist as many as 17,380 health workers from the government agencies.

“An important note for us is that there is no other purposes other than to help makes our next generation becoming healthy, thus competitive human beings. We share a commitment to continue to make this program with the best efforts,” said Netty.