Govt should monitor offline learning to prevent acute hepatitis: DPR

Govt should monitor offline learning to prevent acute hepatitis: DPR

Speaker of the House of Representatives (DPR) Puan Maharani. ANTARA/HO-DPRI RI-Eno-Man/pri.

Jakarta (ANTARA) - Speaker of the House of Representatives (DPR) Puan Maharani made an earnest request to the government to monitor the implementation of offline or face-to-face learning to prevent the spread of acute hepatitis in schools.

"The government must continue to monitor the implementation of face-to-face learning to protect students from the spread of acute hepatitis," Maharani noted in a written statement received here on Friday.

Earlier, the speaker had reminded the community, especially parents, to anticipate the spread of acute hepatitis. She urged the government to work fast in monitoring and handling the disease.

The same appeal was conveyed by Deputy for Coordination of Health Quality Improvement and Population Development at the Coordinating Ministry for Human Development and Culture Agus Suprapto.

Suprapto emphasized the need to watch out for the spread of acute hepatitis in the school environment during face-to-face learning.

"There are two concerns in the implementation of face-to-face learning, specifically regarding COVID-19 (transmission) that is still being monitored after the 2022 Eid homecoming exodus and apprehension over suspected cases of acute hepatitis among members of the community," he stated.

To avert the spread of acute hepatitis during the implementation of face-to-face learning, Suprapto appealed to all parties to consistently implement health protocols.

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Meanwhile, Head of the Indonesian Pediatric Society (IDAI), Piprim Basarah Yanuarso, expected parents to always enforce a clean and healthy lifestyle in their families in a bid to prevent the spread of acute hepatitis.

He noted that in order to overcome acute hepatitis, transmission through the gastrointestinal tract could be prevented by eating only cooked food and avoiding contamination.

Yanuarso called on all pediatricians under the IDAI to increase early vigil against the discovery of patients meeting the criteria for acute hepatitis.

The Ministry of Health had increased vigilance against a mysterious form of acute hepatitis that is affecting children in several countries.

The ministry sent a letter of vigilance to the provincial, district, and city health offices, specifically Circular Letter Number HK.02.02/C/2515/2022, concerning precautions for the discovery of acute hepatitis cases of unknown etiology. 

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