The Jakarta Post
As many as 875 residents of East Sumba regency in East Nusa Tenggara province have been diagnosed with dengue fever and at least 16 people have died, a local official has said.
“From the hundreds of people suffering from dengue fever, 12 people are still being taken care of at local hospitals,” East Sumba Regent Gidion Mbiliyora said on Wednesday as reported by kompas.com.
Dengue fever patients were admitted to three hospitals in the regency namely Umbu Rara Meha Regional Hospital, Lindimara Hospital and Imanuel Waingapu Hospital.
Gidion urged all residents to stay alert over the ongoing spread of the virus carried by the Aedes aegypti mosquito. He called on residents and local administrations to work together to clean up the neighborhood to prevent the mosquito from breeding.
In order to fight dengue, he said, his regency had held an activity called “Clean Friday” in which all residents were to monitor and report the development of dengue cases in their respective areas.
“I hope there will be no more fatalities from the dengue fever,” Gidion added.
Dengue fever outbreaks had hit regions across Indonesia since the beginning of this year. Data from the Health Ministry up to early March showed there were 34,422 cases of dengue fever in 459 regencies and municipalities across the archipelago. Several areas had declared emergency occurrence (KLB) alert periods against dengue. (ami)