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Here’s How the Ministry of Health Controls Malaria During XX PON in Papua

Merdeka.com – Minister of Health (Menkes), Budi Gunadi Sadikin said that controlling malaria in a number of areas organizing the XX 2021 Papua National Sports Week (PON) was carried out through fogging or “fogging”.

“In the last two weeks, the Ministry of Health in collaboration with the Papua Health Office has carried out ‘fogging’ throughout the venues for the PON matches and also the athletes’ residences to ensure that they are free of vectors from mosquitoes that can transmit malaria,” he said via the Coordinating Ministry for Human Development and Culture’s YouTube on Friday. Jakarta, Monday (27/9).

Meanwhile, the Director of Prevention and Control of Vector and Zoonotic Diseases of the Ministry of Health, Didik Budijanto, said that the province of Papua is still a high endemic malaria disease caused by the bite of a female Anopheles mosquito carrying the Plasmodium parasite.

“As many as 86 percent of the total malaria cases in Indonesia were donated from Papua Province, the rest came from West Papua and Maluku,” he explained.

According to him, Jayapura City, Jayapura Regency, Merauke and Timika are included in the malaria red zone so that anticipatory steps need to be taken. An effort that was agreed with the Papua Health Office was the fumigation of all areas of hotels, guesthouses, athlete and coach accommodations at night.

Antara reported, the Ministry of Health has sent vector control personnel to conduct fogging at least once a week in all lodging facilities, especially on walls and locations close to mosquito habitats. Then in every arena that holds matches from morning to evening, fogging is done at least once a week.

“Unless there is a night game. So every day two to three hours before the game starts we fogging first,” concluded Didik. (mdk/fik)

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