Outbreaks of Malaria in West Lombok Widen

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The West Lombok District Health Office, West Nusa Tenggara, said that malaria outbreaks that had afflicted residents had expanded to a number of refugee locations in several districts affected by the earthquake. West Lombok District Health Office Head H Rahman Sahnan Putra said that since the discovery of four cases of malaria in Bukit Tinggi village, Gunung Sari sub-district, the number of victims had spread to other villages and sub-districts.

"There were 32 victims detected with malaria in only one work area of ​​the Penimbung Health Center, Gunungsari District," he said, Saturday (8/9).

Data from the Health Office of West Lombok Regency, as many as 103 people were positively affected by malaria with the spread reaching 28 hamlets, 10 villages, and four working areas of the puskesmas. Of these, five people were forced to be hospitalized because they were already severe.

According to Rahman, the outbreak of malaria in his area can be categorized as an outbreak (KLB) because people who have the disease are also among pregnant women and babies. He claimed to have discussed the health conditions of the community in the evacuation with Regent H Fauzan Khalid.

"If the status is increased to KLB, it doesn't matter," he said.

He has long reported the incident to the Ministry of Health's Crisis Center, but has not received any response. "We can only get information from the Directorate General of P2P and the Public Health that will bring down the team," he said.

In addition to the directorate, Rahman claimed to have received support from the National Disaster Management Agency (BNPB), by providing 135 mosquito nets, but still very lacking. From the mapping made, at least 10 thousand mosquito nets are needed to help the refugees.

"The rest we have to handle the vector," said Rahman who will ask all village heads to immediately eradicate mosquito nests.

West Lombok Regent H Fauzan Khalid also considered the determination of the KLB for malaria cases would not have a big impact as long as the principle of benefit for refugees was greater. "With the KLB we can better serve the citizens, why not? That's why we always demand help from shelters (temporary shelters)," he said, calling for the need for Rp. 15 billion.

"Our regional budget cannot be used for that," he said.
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