Depok Declares Hepatitis A Outbreak as Extraordinary Occurrence

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  • Members of the Depok Health Agency and councillors of Commission D of the Depok Legislative Council (DPRD) visit the SMPN 20 junior high school in the wake of hepatitis A outbreak in the city, Friday, November 29, 2019. TEMPO/Ade Ridwan

    Members of the Depok Health Agency and councillors of Commission D of the Depok Legislative Council (DPRD) visit the SMPN 20 junior high school in the wake of hepatitis A outbreak in the city, Friday, November 29, 2019. TEMPO/Ade Ridwan

    TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - The local administration of Depok has finally elevated the status of its hepatitis A outbreak and considers it as a full-blown extraordinary occurrence (KLB), compared to its previous partial KLB. 

    The head of Depok Health Agency, Novarita, said the increased health warning was mainly attributed to the fact that hepatitis A still loomed over SMPN 20 junior-high students in the City of Depok. 

    “Based on our data, the spread is not limited at SMPN 20 students, but has also spread further. That is why we changed the outbreak’s status to KLB,” said Novarita during her visit to the school today.

    This has effectively pushed the city to provide a budget to overcome the outbreak. She said that every sufferer of hepatitis A under the KLB status would receive medical treatment for free from November 20, 2019-January 20, 2020.

    “The bills will be paid by the Depok City administration,” she said. 

    Depok’s records state that nine hepatitis A patients were receiving treatment at the Depok City General Hospital from the 15 SMPN 20 students who were initially admitted to the hospital. 

    ADE RIDWAN YANDWIPUTRA