3 Children in Jakarta Died Due to Mysterious Hepatitis

- 04 May 2022 10:27 WIB
A children's ward at a hospital illustration (Unsplash/Adhy Savala)
A children's ward at a hospital illustration (Unsplash/Adhy Savala)

JAKARTADAILY.ID - 3 children in Jakarta died after suffering from a disease known as Mysterious Hepatitis.

3 pediatric patients WHO were treated at the National Central General Hospital (RSUPN) Dr. Cipto Mangunkusumo died in different time periods within the span of two weeks preceding April 30, 2022.

It is not yet known exactly what caused the three children to die. However, the Indonesian Ministry of Health (Kementerian Kesehatan or Kemenkes) suspects that the causes of the deaths of the three have something to do with Mysterious Hepatitis.

The Ministry of Health is trying to carry out an investigation related to this Mysterious Hepatitis incident. The Ministry of Health and the DKI Jakarta Health Office carried out further epidemiological investigations through a complete virus panel examination.

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"During the investigation period, we urge the public to be careful and remain calm," said the Ministry of Health spokesperson, dr. Siti Nadia Tarmizi, as quoted from the Ministry of Health website on Monday.

She explained the symptoms experienced by the three pediatric patients WHO died at the RSUPN Dr. Cipto Mangunkusumo Jakarta ranging from nausea, vomiting, severe diarrhea, fever, yellowing of the skin, and decreased consciousness.

In addition, symptoms such as seizures, abdominal pain, dark tea-colored urination, and pale-colored bowel movements also appear.

Siti then asked parents to check with the nearest health facility if they found similar symptoms in children.

"Take precautionary measures such as washing hands, making sure food is cooked and clean, not exchanging eating utensils, avoiding contact with sick people and continuing to implement health protocols," she said.

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Furthermore, Siti said that the Ministry of Health had asked the Health Care Facilities (Fasyankes) in the community's neighborhoods to strengthen and build networks across programs and sectors.

"So that immediate action can be taken if cases of acute jaundice syndrome are found or those that have characteristics such as hepatitis symptoms," she said.

The Ministry of Health, through the Directorate General of Disease Prevention and Control, had also issued Circular Letter Number HK.02.02/C/2515/2022 concerning Precautions for Finding Cases of Acute Hepatitis of Unknown Aetiology dated April 27, 2022.


Editor: Mukhtar Wijaya


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