Spokesman Ministry of HealthMohammad Syahril, said that as of Tuesday (24/5), there were 16 children suspected of having mysterious acute hepatitis. This figure consists of 1 probable person and 15 pending classifications. He said these cases were spread across 12 provinces.
“So this case is doubled. Namely one from Banten and South Sulawesi. So there is an additional two from 14 to 16 in the classification pending,” he said at a press conference in Jakarta.
Syahril said that of the 16 cases, 11 were aged 0-5, three were aged 6-10, and two were aged 11-16. By gender, 11 were boys and five were girls.
Ministry of Health Sets 19 Referral Hospitals
In the midst of increasing cases, the Ministry of Health has appointed 19 referral hospitals spread across 16 provinces. In Sumatra and Kalimantan, the Ministry of Health appointed RSUD dr. Zainoel Abidin (Aceh), H. Adam Malik Hospital (Medan), RSUP Dr. M. Djamin (field), Arifin Achmad Hospital (Riau), RSUP Dr. Muhammad Hoesin (Palembang), RSUD Dr. Soedarso (Pontianak) and Ulin Hospital (Banjarmasin).
For Bali, Sulawesi and Nusa Tenggara, the Ministry of Health appointed Sanglah Hospital (Denpasar), RSUP Dr. Wahidin Sudirohusodo (Makassar), RSUP Prof. Dr. RD Kandou (Manado), Provincial Hospital. West Nusa Tenggara (Mataram).
Meanwhile, for Java Island, the Ministry of Health appointed RSUPN dr. Cipto Mangunkusumo and RSPI Prof. dr. Sulianti Saroso (Jakarta), RSUP dr. Hasan Sadikin (Bandung), RSUP dr. Kariadi (Semarang), Hospital Dr. Moewardi (Solo), RSUP Dr. Sardjito (Yogyakarta), Hospital Dr. Soetomo (Surabaya), and Hospital Dr. Saiful Anwar (Poor).
In addition, Syahril added, the Ministry of Health has also distributed hepatitis E reagents to 10 hospitals and laboratories.
“(Previously) this hepatitis E reagent was only available in certain PMIs because it was for examination of patients who would be given blood transfusions. Now the Ministry of Health has distributed this reagent so that these 10 centers can carry out their own hepatitis E tests,” he explained.
This distribution was carried out to Adam Malik Hospital (Medan), Diagnostic and Research Center for Infectious Diseases, FK Unand (Padang), RSPI-SS, RSCM, and BKPK Lab (Jakarta), West Java Labkesda (Bandung), Soetomo Hospital (Surabaya), RS Udayana Univ (Denpasar), Ulin Hospital (Banjarmasin), and Wahidin Hospital (Makassar).
First Referral Case
On a separate occasion, the Director of RSCM Lies Dina Liastuti said, his received the first referral case one day before Eid.
“The case at that time came from East Jakarta. Two little kids. With an extraordinary case because Kia was surprised by the findings of the laboratory that was not good. Leads to severe liver damage so we report and investigate this,” he explained in the discussion forum, Monday (23/5/22).
Lies said that acute hepatitis is not a new disease. Various types of hepatitis that have been suppressed through immunization programs. But he said the mysterious acute hepatitis was “extremely severe, fast, and the damage to his liver is extraordinary”.
Parents Asked to Be More Alert
This acute hepatitis appears when children return to school for face-to-face learning. Therefore, parents need to be more vigilant. Lies said, in addition to washing hands and keeping a distance, children’s food also needs to get the main attention.
“Food must be thoroughly cooked. Do not let our children eat something that we are not clear processing. So what we enter must be properly controlled. Then we also remind them not to eat from their friends, don’t use their friends’ cutlery. Approximately So. It will give them more confidence that we have provided them with a way not to be easily exposed,” he explained.
Lies explained that Acute hepatitis has the following symptoms: almost similar to other diseasesas weakness, loss of appetite, to diarrhea. If there are these signs, said Lies, the child needs to be examined by a doctor and a lab.
Meanwhile, the Acting Head of the Cooperation and Public Relations Bureau of the Ministry of Education and Culture, Anang Ristanto, asked schools to continue implementing health protocols. This is stated in the 4 Ministerial Decree regarding learning during the pandemic.
Anang asked the education unit and the education office to build solid communication with parents, health workers, and health facilities.
“Inviting all parties to work together to fulfill children’s rights to education services. In particular to prevent learning loss and dam[pak negatif tidak optimalnya pembelajaran di masa pandemi,” ujarnya dalam kesempatan yang sama. [rt/em]