Many Mysterious Kidney Failure Cases Have Not Been Recorded

Mysterious Kidney Failure Affects Indonesian Children (illustration)

The mysterious cases of acute kidney failure that attack children in Indonesia have not been fully recorded. Therefore, the Main Expert Staff of the Presidential Staff Office (KSP), Brian Sri Prahastuti, said that the government needs to increase surveillance.

Thus, handling is carried out based on evidence and provides a sense of security and protection to the community.

“We see that there are still many potential cases that have not been properly recorded. So that this does not become an ‘iceberg’ phenomenon, surveillance activities are strengthened,” Brian said in a written statement, Wednesday (26/10).

Brian said the government is committed to handling cases of acute kidney failure in children. One proof of that commitment is the provision of health facilities and necessary medicines.

According to him, the government has carried out treatment by giving an antidote or antidote Fomipizole. He said some patients at Cipto Mangunkusumo Hospital (RSCM) began to improve after receiving the drug.

Brian said the government handled this case holistically. The government prioritizes the safety of the people in handling this case.

“Starting from preventive measures such as strengthening socialization to families, to curative measures such as hemodialysis (dialysis) and administering antidotes,” he said.

As of Monday (24/10), the government recorded 255 cases of acute kidney failure, mostly children. A total of 143 people died from the disease.

Furthermore, the number of cases of acute kidney failure in DKI Jakarta has also increased to 111. This is known from a report from the DKI Jakarta Health Office on Wednesday (26/10) at 10.00 WIB.

“As of this morning, there were 111 cases found in Jakarta health facilities,” said Ngabila Salama, Head of the Epidemiology and Immunization Surveillance Section of the DKI Jakarta Health Office.

Of these, 56 children, or 50 percent were declared dead. Then, 23 children, or 21 percent are still being treated, and 32 children, or 29 percent are declared cured.

If detailed further, cases of acute kidney disorders in Jakarta mostly attack children aged 5-18 years with a total of 33 cases or 30 percent.

Then followed by children aged 1 year with a total of 26 cases or 23 percent; aged 0-1 years 23 cases or 21 percent; aged 2 years 12 cases or 11 percent; aged 3 years 9 cases or 8 percent; and age 4 years 8 cases or 7 percent.

Ngabila said that hundreds of cases of acute kidney disease detected in Jakarta were found by the DKI Provincial Government after combing all hospitals in Jakarta.

“DKI is combing all hospitals in Jakarta or a hospital record review on the instructions of the Ministry of Health to look for cases of acute kidney failure in hospitals treated as of August 1, 2022, until now to see the magnitude of the problem more thoroughly,” he said.

The government said the disease was triggered by contamination of ethylene glycol and diethylene glycol in syrups. Therefore, President Joko Widodo ordered BPOM to withdraw dangerous drugs. BPOM also plans to drag the two companies that produce dangerous drugs.