A rare mysterious hepatitis attacked several countries in the world has now arrived in Indonesia. The Indonesian Ministry of Health has so far confirmed that there have been 14 mysterious hepatitis cases spread across several parts of Indonesia.
Some experts suspect that acute hepatitis is transmitted through the respiratory tract. This creates concern for parents regarding face-to-face learning activities at school. Then, what is the government’s policy?
Deputy Governor of DKI Jakarta Ahmad Riza Patria once stated that his party was reviewing face-to-face learning back to distance learning or online. However, Riza said that at that time he was still waiting for a decision from the Central Government.
“Including this PTM, we are still studying whether it will return to online. We will see,” said Riza at the DKI Jakarta City Hall Office, some time ago.
Related to this, the Secretary of the Directorate General of Public Health of the Ministry of Health, Siti Nadia Tarmizi, said that the evaluation of PTM was not needed again. Prevention of acute hepatitis, he said, could start by obeying health protocols (prokes).
Nadia reiterated that prokes must be implemented during PTM.
“In principle, health protocols are still applied during PTM because they prevent hepatitis. Keep washing your hands and wearing masks. During PTM, health protocol policies must still be implemented in schools,” she said.
Previously, the Ministry of Health (Kemenkes) reported 14 cases suspected of being cases of acute hepatitis infection or mysterious hepatitis.
Dozens of cases whose cause is still unclear were reported in eight provinces in Indonesia.
A spokesman for the Ministry of Health, Mohammad Syahril, added that until now the government is still conducting investigations and examinations of the suspected mysterious hepatitis infection that has claimed the lives of six children in Indonesia.
“As of May 22, there are 14 suspected cases of acute hepatitis, one of which is probable. The 13 are pending classification, this is an alleged case for which we are still waiting for the results of the examination that will lead to it,” said Syahril in an online event, Monday (23). /5).
The details of eight provinces with one probable case occurred in DKI Jakarta. Meanwhile, the 13 pending classifications are spread across DKI Jakarta, West Sumatra, Special Region of Yogyakarta, East Java, Jambi, Bangka Belitung Islands, Bali and West Nusa Tenggara.
Syahril also revealed that based on data as of May 22, a total of 33 people were suspected of being suspected of having acute hepatitis. The details are probable, with 13 pending classifications and 19 discarded.
“Global updates occurred in 33 countries with 614 cases,” he said.
Syahril then explained, that so far the World Health Organization (WHO) has categorized four definitions or statuses in this mysterious acute hepatitis as of 23 April 2022.
First, confirmation cases are not available at this time because the cause is unknown. Second, probable status, for those exposed to acute hepatitis (non-hepatitis A-E virus) with AST or ALT more than 500 U/L, aged less than 16 years, found since October 1, 2021.
Third, Epi-linked. Namely someone with acute hepatitis (non-hepatitis A-E virus) of any age who was close contact with a confirmed case since October 1, 2021.
Fourth, pending classification, ie if the hepatitis A-E serology results are not available yet, but because the criteria are met. As well as discarded, which means cases with a clinical presentation that can be explained by other causes of disease.