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Jakarta Regional General Hospitals Offer Free Treatment for Dengue Patients

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Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan and wife visited a dengue patient on Sunday (3/02/2019). Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan and wife visited a dengue patient on Sunday (3/02/2019). ANTARA

Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan has ordered all regional general hospitals (RSUDs) in the capital to treat dengue patients free of cost.

"All RSUDs offer free treatment to dengue patients and our RSUDs have good facilities," he said at RSUD in Pasar Minggu, South Jakarta, on Sunday.

South Jakarta is among the five municipalities which has the highest number of dengue fever cases, he said.

The Jakarta administration has recorded 876 cases of dengue fever so far this year. However, it has not declared extraordinary situation.

"We will monitor the situation." he said.

As many as 15,132 cases of dengue fever were reported in Indonesia, with 145 deaths, as of February 1, 2019, according to the Health Ministry.

East Java Province witnessed the highest number of dengue cases, at 3,074, with 52 deaths, Siti Nadia Tarmizi, the ministry`s director for vector-borne and zoonotic diseases, stated on Friday.

West Java ranked second, with 2,204 cases, causing 14 deaths; followed by East Nusa Tenggara, with 1,092 cases, resulting in 13 deaths; and North Sumatra, 1,071 cases, leading to 13 deaths.

The ministry recorded 53,075 cases of dengue fever in 2018, 68,407 cases in 2017, and 204,171 cases in 2016. (ANTARA)

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