The Jakarta Post
Dengue fever cases in North Jakarta have drastically increased in the first week of February and hospitals in the municipality have started to be flooded with dengue fever patients.
An official has guaranteed, however, that most city-owned hospitals still had vacant beds ready to accept new patients.
In January, there were 82 recorded cases of dengue fever. Since early February, 52 new dengue fever cases have been reported, said Muhammad Helmi, the head of North Jakarta's health office, in Jakarta on Monday.
'Altogether, the number of dengue fever patients has reached 134,' Helmi said as reported by beritajakarta.com.
Helmi stressed that the government in cooperation with various stakeholders was intensifying its effort to curb the spread of dengue fever by carrying out fogging activities in residential areas and eliminating mosquito nests so that the mosquitoes could not lay their eggs.
Meanwhile, Jakarta City Health Agency head Koesmedi Prihatmo said on Tuesday that there were still 445 vacant beds in several city-owned hospitals ( RSUD ) across the capital as of Monday, 4:30 p.m.
Koesmedi said that the hospitals that still had vacant beds included RSUD Pasar Minggu, South Jakarta, RSUD Pasar Rebo in East Jakarta, RSUD Budi Asih in East Jakarta, RSUD Tarakan in West Jakarta and many other smaller hospitals at the district level.
Hospital management can transfer dengue fever patients to other hospitals if their hospitals no longer have vacant beds, though many patients prefer to be treated at a hospital near to their house.
At RSUD Cengkareng in West Jakarta, for example, all beds are occupied, but many new patients still prefer to be treated in the hospital corridors rather than be relocated to another hospital.
'Although there are still vacant beds at other hospitals, many patients at RSUD Cengkareng do not want to be relocated,' he said. ( bbn )( + )