Lampung Health Office raises alertness against acute hepatitis

Lampung Health Office raises alertness against acute hepatitis

Documentation—Head of the Lampung Health Office, Reihana. (ANTARA/Ruth Intan Sozometa Kanafi)

We continue to increase our early alert system as part of anticipatory measures before cases of acute hepatitis spread
Bandarlampung, Lampung (ANTARA) - The Health Office of Lampung province has continued to boost alertness about a mysterious acute variant of hepatitis in the province to anticipate its spread.

"We continue to increase our early alert system as part of anticipatory measures before cases of acute hepatitis spread," head of the Lampung Health Office, Reihana, said here on Saturday.

She informed that the province has not detected any acute hepatitis cases so far.

Reihana said that currently, her office is continuing to monitor newborn children as well as children aged below 16 years, to monitor the development of children's health in Lampung province.

"Indeed, on average, those infected aged between 1 month to 16 years. Thus, this has also become a concern," she added.

The Health Office head said that the anticipatory measures include implementing a healthy lifestyle and continuously implementing the health protocols.

"Maintain immunity with a healthy lifestyle, continue to implement the health protocols, and if you experience symptoms that are leading to the disease, promptly go to the hospital," she appealed to the public.

Earlier, spokesperson for the Ministry of Health, Siti Nadia Tarmizi, had assured that health facilities at central and regional levels are ready to provide services for patients with acute hepatitis.

"For referral at the national level, we have readied the Sulianti Saroso Hospital. However, in all provinces, there are also hospitals under the Ministry of Health that are ready to provide treatment," she said.

In addition, the ministry is cooperating with the Indonesian Pediatric Society (IDAI) and networks of pediatric specialists in all districts and cities to monitor and follow further developments in the handling of acute hepatitis.

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

The ministry had sent a letter of vigilance to 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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