Dengue Fever Rates at Record Highs

The Indonesian Health Ministry reports that the number of cases of Deman Berdarah Fever (Hemorrhagic Fever-Dengue Fever) more than doubled in March 2024 compared to the same period in 2023.

Siti Nadia Tarmizi, the official spokesperson of the Ministry of Health, was quoted by the State News Agency Antara on 22 March 2024, saying that in March 2023, 15,000 cases of Deman Berdarah (DBD) were treated. For the same period this year, the number of active cases has zoomed to 35,000.

According to a report from the Health Ministry’s Director General for the Prevention and Control of Disease (Ditjen P2P), the steadily growing trend in DBD began in February 2024, with 15,977 cases.

Tangerang, West Bandung, the City of Kendarim Subangm, and Lebak are the five cities and regencies reporting the highest level of DBD cases of illness and death connected to the disease.

Through mid-March 2024, the Ditjen P2P reported 124 fatalities connected to DB.

Nadia blamed Global Warning, including the El Nino Effect, as triggering the current spike in DBD cases. She explained that the increase in warm weather accelerates the life cycle of the mosquitoes that spread DBD. Health officials predict the current cycle of DBD will peak in April 2024.

Government efforts to reduce the surging rates of DBD include:

  • Eradicating mosquito nesting areas.
  • A “Drain, Cover, and Bury (3M)” public education program. and
  • Appointing neighborhood supervisors to inspect and fight mosquitoes. 

Programs to cultivate plants inimical to mosquitoes and introduce species of mosquitoes that will help eliminate infectious species of mosquitoes.

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