GORONTALO, NNC -- Government of Gorontalo Regency is able to reduce the number of stunting or stunted growth by half from previously 40 percent. As is known, stunting is a chronic malnutrition that occurs from the fetus is still in the womb and only visible when the child is two years old.
Minister of Village, Development of Underdeveloped Regions and Transmigration (Mendes PDTT) Eko Putro Sandjojo considers it is the biggest step in Indonesia's history of poverty reduction.
"From 40 percent to 24 percent, that's a very big number for even the world's size," he said after handing over aid in order to overcome poverty and stunting in Gorontalo Regency, Saturday (5/5/2018).
Minister Eko stressed step and how to decrease stunted growth in Gorontalo is done consistently and if done also by other districts in the near future it will be able to further reduce the number of child stunting in Indonesia.
Separately, the Regent of Gorontalo Nelson Pomalingo said he will continue to reduce the stunting rate by conducting various core programs as planned.
"We do the stunting treatment in 1,000 days of birth, by providing assistance, not only Puskesmas [Public Health Center] but also with Task Force," said Nelson.
He revealed that Task Forces such as Indonesian Armed Forces (TNI) and National Police (Polri) also involves the District Government and health students for assistance.
"We continue to provide adequate nutrition and clean water to the community, because sometimes despite adequate nutrition, drinking water is so dirty which eventually causes people sick," said Nelson.
He is grateful that the regency of Gorontalo has become one of the pilot areas to decrease stunting rate in Indonesia. In 2014 there were 40.2 percent of child stunting in Gorontalo regency and by 2017 decreased to 24.8 percent.