North Jakarta hospital sees increasing number of diptheria patients

News Desk

The Jakarta Post


Jakarta   /  Wed, January 3, 2018  /  03:29 pm

A baby cries as a health worker administers a diphtheria vaccine at a clinic in Cibinong, Bogor regency, West Java, on Dec.5. (Antara/Yulius Satria Wijaya)

The number of patients suspected to be suffering from diptheria have continued to increase at Sulianti Saroso Hospital in North Jakarta, amid efforts from the government to combat the infectious disease.

Since Dec, 3 last year until Wednesday, the number of patients has risen to 117, most of whom are children. Of this number, however, 86 have been allowed to leave the hospital.

"The patients comprise 42 adults and 75 children. 62 are male and 55 are female," Director of Sulianti Saroso Hospital Rita Rogayah told on Wednesday.

She added that eight patients had been admitted to the hospital this morning.

The patients come from various areas across Greater Jakarta, including Tangerang in Banten, Depok, Bogor and Bekasi in West Java.

The Jakarta administration has declared the diptheria outbreak an "extraordinary occurrence" and held a program called Outbreak Response Immunization (ORI) to tackle the spread of the deadly disease on Dec. 11 last year. (Fac)