The Jakarta Post
With dengue fever on the rise in several regions of the country, the Bekasi Health Agency has recorded 128 cases of the mosquito-borne virus in the municipality, with one person dying in January.
The number of cases rose significantly from the 49 cases recorded in the same period last year, the agency’s head of disease control and prevention, Dezi Syukrawati, said.
She said the person who died was a resident of Sumur Batu, Bantargebang district.
"The patient [who died] forced the hospital to let them go home despite the doctors' opposition because the patient was still in poor condition,” Dezi said as quoted by kompas.com.
Given this case, Dezi urged patients to heed doctor's instructions and not insist on leaving the hospital before doctors discharged them.
Dezi noted that the three areas with the most dengue cases in Bekasi were Jatiasih with 35 cases, Mustika Jaya 22 cases and Jati Sampurna 13 cases.
"Many puddles become breeding sites of mosquitoes in Bekasi," Dezi said.
She also said Bekasi was raising public awareness on the need to keep the environment clean and free of puddles.
She urged Bekasi residents to eradicate mosquito breeding sites in their homes that formed during the rainy season, when puddles of standing water offered plenty of breeding places for Aedes aegypti mosquitoes.
Last year, the agency recorded 629 dengue cases in Bekasi, with two deaths. The number slightly decreased from the 699 cases with two deaths recorded in 2017. (ggq)