Daily Archives: January 18, 2020

Gunung Kidul was declared anthrax outbreak area by Health Ministry

Gunung Kidul, Yogyakarta (ANTARA) – The Indonesian Health Ministry had declared an anthrax outbreak status in Gunung Kidul District, Yogyakarta Province, made effective from Dec 28, 2019 to Jan 6, 2020, the ministry’s top official stated here, Friday.

The status came into effect from the day the first anthrax case came to light in Ponjong Sub-district’s area and then spread to Semanu Sub-district, Director General for Infectious Disease Control and Prevention at the Health Ministry Anung Sugihantoro stated.

However, he notified journalists in Gunung Kidul District on Friday that the local authorities were adept at managing the condition.

The status of the anthrax outbreak was made affective from the day the first case was reported on Dec 28, 2019, until Jan 6, 2020, since on the day, no more cases were detected, Sugihantoro explained.

The Indonesian Health Ministry applies its own gradation-related procedures to handle disease breakouts. If the number of cases increased from that in the past, it could be categorized as a “breakout”.

In dealing with anthrax cases, three areas necessitated serious attention: the health of the people, animals, and environment since the anthracis spores may withstand any weather conditions, he remarked.

The anthracis spores might have spread to several areas though this assumption should be further examined thoroughly, he noted, adding that the anthrax disease was not transmitted from human to human but from infected animals to humans.

In the meantime, the Health Ministry’s Director for Infectious Disease Control and Prevention Siti Nadia Tarmizi opined that Gunung Kidul District often experienced anthrax cases since the anthrax epidemic had struck in the past.

“The anthracis spores are able to stay alive for years in contaminated soil and water,” she noted.

Owing to the anthracis spores remaining latent, they can resurface in areas declared as anthrax outbreak regions decades ago when the contaminated soil of the burial site of dead animals is cultivated, she pointed out.

The anthracis spores could affix themselves to leaves and grass that were consumed by livestock. As a result, the cattle would contract anthrax disease, she stated.

According to Siti Nadia Tarmizi, three cows and six goats had reportedly died owing to anthrax in Gunung Kidul District while, as of Dec 31, 2019, 27 local residents had contracted the disease, one of whom died of meningitis.

Source: Antara News

Tackling flood, landslide must not inconvenience people: Monardo

Jakarta (ANTARA) – Endeavors to tackle the root causes of flooding and landslides in Bogor District and Puncak resort areas, West Java, must not create social problems in society, the National Disaster Mitigation Agency’s (BNPB’s) official stated.

“We must seek solutions that do not trigger social problems, such as the local people losing their jobs,” the agency’s head, Doni Monardo, told journalists at the Halim Perdanakusuma Air Force’s base in East Jakarta on Saturday.

Monardo, who had recently returned from an aerial observation of the flooding- and landslide-swamped areas in Bogor District aboard a helicopter, remarked that massive landslides had occurred.

The landslides resembled “melted ice-cream” owing to their massive spread.

Drawing reference to the result of his aerial surveillance in the upstream areas, he spoke of having seen hundreds of buildings, including the tents of illegal miners.

Monardo stated that President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) had ordered the BNPB and the Environment and Forestry Ministry to conduct reforestation and revitalize the river banks that had become farming and housing areas.

“We have invited experts and consulted with several related parties. Experts from the Bogor Institute of Agriculture (IPB) are expected to map the areas that need to be planted with economically-and-ecologically important plants,” he stated.

Among the targeted plants are durian and avocado, he noted. During the aerial surveillance, Monardo was accompanied by Deputy Police Chief Commissioner General Gatot Eddy Pramono and Bogor District Head Ade Yasin.

Early this month, several areas in the provinces of Banten, Jakarta, and West Java were swamped by flash floods and landslides. The BNPB recorded that the catastrophe killed at least 60 people.

The floods, caused by high-intensity rainfall for several days, submerged several areas of 18 sub-districts in Bekasi District, 17 sub-districts in Jakarta, and 13 sub-districts in Bogor District and Tangerang City respectively.

The disaster also affected 12 sub-districts in Bekasi City, 11 sub-districts in Depok City, and six sub-districts in Lebak District, Bogor City, and Tangerang Selatan City respectively.

Consequently, floodwaters, submerging houses, led to the forced displacement of several hundred thousand people in cities, such as Bekasi and Jakarta, the BNPB recently revealed.

Source: Antara News

Immigration served 1,400 passport applicants

Jakarta (ANTARA) – The Directorate General of Immigration of the Law and Human Rights Ministry served 1,400 passport applicants during the Immigration Festival 2020 held on January 18-19.

“We served 700 applicants today and another 700 applicants on Sunday. This festival is held to bring service closer to the public. Residents, who had yet to receive service during working days, can be served at this festival,” Secretary General of the Law and Human Rights Ministry Bambang Rantam Sariwanto remarked in Jakarta on Saturday.

The festival not only focuses on providing immigration services through the issuance of passports but also increasing the people’s knowledge of immigration-related matters, he stated.

“This is part of the efforts to convey messages to the public that all immigration services really encourage better services, and now, we have received the title of a corruption-free area,” he stated.

The Directorate General of Immigration is organizing the Immigration Festival ahead of Immigration Service Day to be commemorated on January 26, 2020. This annual festival is held in the yard of the BRI Headquarters in Jakarta on Saturday and Sunday.

Source: Antara News

Police arrest man for allegedly counterfeiting US dollars

Jakarta (ANTARA) – The Jakarta Metropolitan Police took into arrest a man on charges of producing, keeping, and circulating fake US dollars.

“Unit 4 arrested DW, alias D, near the Rasuna Said Apartment in Kuningan, South Jakarta. He had (allegedly) produced, kept, and circulated fake banknotes,” Chief of the Public Relations Section of the Jakarta Metropolitan Police Senior Commissioner Yusri Yunus stated on Friday.

DW was arrested on January 10, 2020, when the Jakarta Metropolitan Police were investigating information on the circulation of fake foreign banknotes, he remarked.

During the police investigation conducted on the scene, an alleged counterfeiter was arrested and evidence was seized from him, he noted.

“The evidence includes six thousand fake 100 US dollar banknotes, a printer, and 300 failed or unfinished US dollar banknotes,” he revealed.

He pointed to the poor quality of the fake banknotes since they were produced using an ordinary printer.

“It is of very, very low quality since they were produced using a laptop and printer,” he explained.

During the investigation, DW admitted to producing the fake banknotes for the first time. However, the police did not immediately trust him and vowed to further investigate the case.

“The suspect admitted to making it for the first time. We interrogate him. He must give a new confession. However, we continue to investigate him to see if he is an old player and (the fake banknotes) have been circulated,” he remarked.

The suspect is currently held in custody at the Jakarta Metropolitan Police station. If found guilty, he could face 15 years’ imprisonment.

Source: Antara News

Avoid direct contact with anthracis spores: veterinarian

Purwokerto, C Java (ANTARA) – To contain the spread of anthrax, a veterinarian at the Jenderal Soedirman University (Unsoed) has called on farmers and community members to avoid direct contact with anthracis spores in contaminated soil and plants.

“Cases have surfaced of anthrax infecting the people, who came into direct contact with the anthracis spores in contaminated soil, plants, or animal products,” Elly Tugiyanti, a veterinarian teaching at the Unsoed’s Faculty of Veterinary Science, stated.

To this end, leading a hygienic and healthy life holds significance to help avert the spread of the disease, Tugiyanti noted here on Friday while speaking in connection with the recent anthrax cases in Gunung Kidul District, Yogyakarta Province.

Season, climate, temperature, and high-density rain are factors that play a role in the sporadic cases of anthrax, she remarked, adding that during the rainy season, for instance, grass grows well and potentially triggers direct contact with spores in the contaminated soil.

In connection with the anthrax cases in Gunung Kidul District, Yogyakarta Province, the Indonesian Health Ministry had declared an anthrax outbreak status made effective from Dec 28, 2019, to Jan 6, 2020.

The status was made effective from the day the first anthrax case was found in Ponjong Sub-district’s area and then spread to Semanu Sub-district, according to Director General for Infectious Disease Control and Prevention at the Health Ministry Anung Sugihantoro.

However, the local authorities were able to manage the condition. The status of the anthrax outbreak was made affective from the day the first case was reported on Dec 28, 2019, until Jan 6, 2020, as on that day, no more cases were detected, he explained.

The Indonesian Health Ministry applies its own gradation-related procedures to handle disease outbreaks. If the number of cases increased from that recorded in the past, it could be categorized as a “breakout”.

Handling anthrax cases requires focus on three areas: the health of the people, animals, and the environment since the anthracis spores are capable of withstanding any factor, he stated.

The anthracis spores might have spread to several areas but this assumption needs to be further examined comprehensively, he remarked, adding that the anthrax disease was not transmitted from human to human but from infected animals to humans.

In the meantime, the Indonesian Health Ministry dispatched a special team to examine and handle the spread of anthrax in the sub-districts of Ponjong and Semanu in Gunung Kidul District.

“My team has been deployed in the district owing to the presence of spores there. We are directly monitoring and examining that,” Health Minister Terawan Agus Putranto stated earlier.

The health ministry has supplied antibiotics to treat those testing positive for the infection, he remarked, adding that anthrax might have infected several residents, who consumed the meat of a dead cow.

On January 4, 2020, health workers found that anthrax could have affected 600 residents of the two sub-districts, of which 78 were observed to demonstrate clinical features of this disease, Head of the Disease Prevention and Control Unit at the Gunung Kidul Health Office Sumitro noted.

The local health authorities sent the blood samples of the victims for testing. The result showed that 27 people had tested positive for the disease, he revealed.

The infected residents were administered antibiotic prophylaxis for 20 days and were required to undergo another blood test at Bogor City’s BBVEt facilities in West Java Province, Sumitro noted.

Source: Antara News