Pupils raise awareness on dengue fever

Pupils raise awareness on dengue fever

Elementary school students from 55 schools in Jakarta will take part in a training session to raise awareness on dengue fever as well as learn the ropes to become junior "jumantik", or mosquito larvae controllers.

The training session will be held during a jamboree at Cilandak Town Square on Saturday.

The event will be jointly held by PT Johnson Home Hygiene Product (JHHP) Indonesia, the Indonesian Public Health Association (IAKMI) and supported by Jakarta Governor Basuki "Ahok" Tjahaja Purnama, who was downed by the disease in March.

"We often treat dengue fever like the seasonal flu, yet children are at high risk of contracting the disease if they have weakened immune systems ," PT JHHP president director Sameer Garg said on Thursday.

Based on data from the Jakarta Health Agency in 2014, 7-12 year old children had the highest risk of contracting dengue fever, with incidence rate-number of new cases per population at risk in a given time period-amounting to 221.6 for every 100,000 people.

In 2014 there were 8,535 cases of dengue fever and 11 deaths from the disease, a decrease from the previous year's 10,156 cases, according to Jakarta Health Agency data.

South Jakarta recorded the highest number of dengue fever cases among the five municipalities, with 2,382 cases from 2014 until January 2015.

The Jakarta Health Agency aims for the city to be dengue-fever free by 2020.

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