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Ministry of Health outlines measures to fight dengue fever

Jakarta (ANTARA) – The Director General of Disease Prevention and Management at the Ministry of Health, Maxi Rein Rondonuwu, on Wednesday presented measures for the management and prevention of dengue fever, including encouraging the participation of the population in the mosquito nest eradication efforts.

The continued involvement of people and institutions is one of Indonesia’s six national strategies for dengue mitigation for the period 2021-2025, he informed during a virtual event here.

Other strategies include strengthening effective, safe and continuous vector management; improve access and quality of dengue treatment; strengthen global dengue surveillance; and reactive management of “extraordinary events”.

They also cover the program management policy; strengthening partnership and government commitment; and the study, research and development of innovation as the foundation for evidence-based program management and policy.

The development of a dengue fever vaccine may be an innovation that can protect people against dengue fever in the future, Rondonuwu noted.

Meanwhile, Acting Director of Communicable Disease Prevention and Management, Tiffany Tiara Pakasi, said preventative measures are included in the accelerated dengue mitigation strategy.

Preventive steps, which include 3Ms (Drain, Close, Recycle), keeping larval-eating fish, installing metal screens on doors and ventilation, and placing larvicide in water tanks , should help manage the disease.

Prevention can also be achieved through the development of dengue fever vaccination, which she said should be immediately widely available to the population.

The government is currently working to raise awareness of the importance of dengue fever control, including encouraging people to participate through the One House One Jumantik program.

A Jumantik is someone whose job is to watch for larvae around the house so that mosquito nests can be eradicated immediately.

On July 5, 2022, Deputy Minister of Health Dante Saksono Harbuwono informed that as of June, the number of dengue fever cases in Indonesia had reached around 52,000.

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