The Kebonagung Village Government in Magetan District, Magetan Regency, East Java Province, distributed 1,000 betta fish to residents in an effort to prevent the transmission of dengue hemorrhagic fever (DHF).
Kebonagung Urban Village Head Indra Ariesta Ardy in Magetan said Tuesday that keeping betta fish is considered effective in eradicating mosquito larvae that are the intermediaries for transmitting the dengue virus, the cause of DHF.
In addition to keeping betta fish which are distributed free of charge by the urban village government, residents are expected to activate the eradication of mosquito nests (PSN) and apply a clean and healthy lifestyle (PHBS) to prevent DHF transmission.
“It is the community’s awareness of a clean environment that must be optimized. Residents must be sensitive to the dirty environment in their area to clean it up immediately,” he said.
“From the dry season to the rainy season, people must realize that stagnant water can become a breeding ground for mosquitoes Temples of the Egyptians carrier of the dengue virus,” he said.
The Magetan District Health Office during 2022 recorded more than 246 cases of dengue fever.
The government is campaigning for the implementation of PSN with 3M and community service to clean the environment in order to minimize the risk of DHF transmission.
3M’s activities include draining/cleaning water reservoirs, closing water reservoirs, and reusing and recycling used goods.
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