JEMBER, NETRALNEWS.COM - Jember Health Office, East Java, reported a drop in the number of dengue infection in local areas in the last three months. "In Jan 2017, there were 70 cases; in Feb, there were 64 cases; and in March, there were 20 cases," Health Office's PR Yumarlis said in Jember on Monday.
During the same period, from Jan-March last year, there were 198 dengue cases reported in total from 901 infected patients from several hospitals and small clinics reporting to Jember Health Office. "The declining number of dengue cases in Jember is mainly because of the awareness created to demolish mosquito nests and other related plans," he stated.
He stated that the areas considered vulnerable to dengue in Jember are Sumbersari, Patrang, and Kaliwates. All of them are populated areas, yet the chance of the rural places being infected was not excluded. "Usually dengue cases increase in Jan, but for the last two years (2016-2017), the infected cases reached around 70-80 people, and in Jan 2015, there were 228 people infected, including five fatalities," he noted.
According to Jember Health Office's data, the houses that were confirmed to be free of dengue mosquitoes rose from 75 percent to 95 percent. "The drive to destroy these nests has created a great impact towards the control of spread of the disease and the mosquitoes, even though there are some that are still vulnerable," he stated.
The declining dengue cases are also determined by the number of fatalities, as only one child had died from this disease in the last three months, the same period last year, when there were three fatalities.
"Usually those fatalities are mainly due to failure of the infected person to receive medical attention on time, which worsens their health condition," he revealed.
Yumarlis appealed to the people to bring those infected to the nearest medical services as soon as they start showing symptoms such as red spots on their skins, headache, and so on, so that the rate of fatalities could be brought down.