Survey Houses, UNAIR Students Supress DBD

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Some of UNAIR FKM Banyuwangi students identifying mosquito larvae in bathroom basin of a house in Boyolangu village, Banyuwangi (Photo: A Zakky Multazam)

UNAIR NEWS – Public Health Students’ community service of PDD UNAIR Banyuwangi Faculty of Public Health continued. After mosquito breeding places eradication (PSN) and DBD prevention counseling on February 11 and March 2, last Sunday, March 6 was the day of the implementation where students surveyed houses and identified mosquito larvae in people’s houses as well as educated the people in the same area on interpersonal communication approach. The target were bathroom basins, toilets, and other possible breeding places.

Why should larvae identifications be conducted? According to Syifa, a lecturer from FKM UNAIR Banyuwangi, fogging cannot deal with DBD problem completely because fogging only eradicate the mature mosquitoes, while the larvae still live in the water and grow, and they already carry dengue virus.

”So if we want to eradicate dengue fever, it should start with the breeding places and the larvae,” Syifa said. As we all know, we should be wary of DBD as it is the season of its spread. It comes from dengue virus and transmitted by Aedes Aegypti (AE)mosquitos, it can cause death if it is not treated immediately. According to the data of East Java Health Agency, Banyuwangi was included as Extraordinary Happening (KLB) in 2015 as there were 154 cases from January to February and they caused fatalities.

We should be wary of this disease in the early and the end of the rainy season, inundated rain water is potential place for the mosquitoes’ breeding. Therefore, during last publicization, the locals were asked to be cautious with containers inundated water such as bathroom basins, clogged sewage, and unused stuff which can contain water outdoor.

FKM UNAIR Banyuwangi community service coordinator, Azis, hoped that this activity can suppress DBD cases which is expected to rise in April.

”We’re glad we could implement what we learn and hopefully it will be useful as prevention and disruption of the mosquitoes’ life cycle, whatever the species. I also hope that this activity will not stop here, it will be carried on and on and be useful in the community,” Azis said.

Preventive disease control is the most efficient and the easiest way to do by the community. They just have to implement clean and healthy life style and do 4N (Ngubur, Nguras, Nutup dan Ngawasi (bury, clean and close water basin and watch for mosquito bites). The community was also asked to use larvicide powder or abate in bathroom basins and look after the children who are the most vulnerable. (*)

Author : Ahmad Zakky Multazam
Editor : Bambang ES

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