Insecticides Are Not Effective In Eradicating Dengue Fever, Residents Are Asked To Be Diligent In Cleaning Up
Photo Illustration: Antara

JAKARTA - The South Jakarta City Government (South Jakarta City Government) asked residents in their area to be diligent in eradicating mosquito nests (PSN) because it is one of the effective solutions to anticipate dengue hemorrhagic fever (DHF).

"What is effective is that PSN beats the mosquito cycle, which usually occurs in border areas. Therefore, residents should be diligent in doing it," said Acting (Plt.) Deputy Mayor of South Jakarta Administration, Ali Murthadho quoting Antara, Tuesday, October 4.

Ali added that DHF cannot be eliminated, but mosquito larvae can be destroyed. Therefore, according to him, larva monitoring interpreters (jumantik) are the spearhead to ensure the reduction of dengue disease that attacks the region.

"So, the government ensures that the independent jumantik really works. Every neighborhood unit (RT) has an independent jumantik and we always remind them," he said.

In addition, Ali said spraying smoke by spraying poison that kills adult mosquitoes or commonly called insecticides has not been effective in destroying mosquito larvae because fumigation only works to kill adult mosquitoes.

"As for the larvae, eggs, or mosquito larvae, it cannot be destroyed through this effort," he said.

"For this reason, people are encouraged to carry out PSN in their surroundings by implementing 3M Plus, namely draining, closing, and recycling," he said.

Previously, data from the Disease Prevention and Control Section (P2P) of the South Jakarta Health Service stated that there were 757 cases of dengue fever in the area from January to June 2022.

Previously, Spokesperson for the Ministry of Health, Mohammad Syahril, reminded the public that dengue does not only attack children but also adults, especially during the rainy season.

“Hopefully, people with this rainy season will be aware of the dengue fever that lurks around us. DHF does not only affect children, adults too, and if it is not treated quickly, it can be dangerous and cause death as well," he said during the Healthy Broadcast program which was broadcasted online, Monday, October 3.

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