JAKARTA, Aug. 4 (Xinhua) -- Indonesia is reducing 60 percent of the stunting rate in 12 priority provinces, the country's Vice President Ma'ruf Amin said on Thursday.
"Our focus on accelerating stunting reduction is in seven provinces with the highest prevalence and five provinces with the highest number of stunting toddlers," Amin said in a meeting with governors and ministers in Jakarta.
According to the Indonesia Nutrition Status Survey in 2021, the provinces with the highest prevalence of stunting cases were East Nusa Tenggara (37.8 percent), West Sulawesi (33.8 percent), Aceh (33.2 percent), West Nusa Tenggara (31.4 percent), Southeast Sulawesi (30.2 percent), South Kalimantan (30.0 percent) and West Kalimantan (29.8 percent).
Meanwhile, the five provinces with the most stunting toddlers were West Java, Central Java, East Java, Banten and North Sumatra.
Interventions to reduce stunting are carried out by increasing health and nutrition services, family assistance, promotion of environmental health, increasing access to clean water, and counseling to those who are getting married soon.
The same survey remarks that the number of stunting cases in Indonesia is 24.4 percent in 2021, and the government targets to reduce it to 14.0 percent in 2024.