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Distribution of blood-added tablets in adolescent girls in the COVID-19 pandemic

  • Pratiwi Hariyani Putri ,
  • Dini Setiarsih ,
  • Rizki Amalia ,

Abstract

Introduction: The prevalence of anemia among adolescent girls is still quite high. Whereas anemia will have a negative impact on health and productivity. The government implements a program of providing blood-added tablets, one of which is through school institutions. However, during the Covid-19 pandemic, this condition becomes an obstacle for the implementation of the iron injection distribution through schools. This study aims to analyze the distribution of TTD in adolescent girls during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Methods: Descriptive study with a case study approach and is located in 6 districts/cities in East Java Province from September-November 2021. This study used purposive sampling by taking 6 respondents, namely 1 person from each district/city health office. Data collection was carried out using a questionnaire instrument.

Results: The results of the study show that 4 of the 6 regencies/cities in this study have special policies in the form of appeals and circulars so that the TTD program for adolescent girls can continue during the pandemic. However, 2 districts that did not issue specific policies continued to run the TTD program. The distribution of TTD is still carried out through schools and also directly to homes. The control of TTD consumption is not only carried out by teachers but is also assisted by parents and cadres. Adolescent girls who received TTD in the 1st and 2nd quarters have not yet reached their target. Data for adolescent girls who consume TTD is also difficult to obtain.

Conclusion: Four of the 6 districts/cities have nutrition education programs that are implemented with a special time allocation or combined with other lessons at school. So adolescent girls have a high awareness to obediently consume iron tablets even without the supervision of other parties.

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How to Cite

Pratiwi Hariyani Putri, Dini Setiarsih, & Rizki Amalia. (2022). Distribution of blood-added tablets in adolescent girls in the COVID-19 pandemic. Bali Medical Journal, 11(3), 1305–1309. https://doi.org/10.15562/bmj.v11i3.3546

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