Researcher who completed his Masters of Science in Environmental-Public Health at the University of Queensland
In 2014, Indonesia set an ambitious target of being dengue-free by 2020. However, it seems unlikely that the goal will be achieved unless the country makes a radical change to its strategy.
Dengue cases nationwide have increased significantly. The Health Ministry recorded 9,600 cases in January across 372 cities and regencies, with four declaring extraordinary occurrence: Kupang and West Manggarai regencies in East Nusa Tenggara, Kapuas regency in Central Kalimantan and North Sulawesi province. The outbreak has claimed over 176 lives so far.
The incidence rate has continued to grow this month, and additional regencies have reported an outbreak. With the rainy season predicted to last through February, more people may contract dengue.
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