UNAIR NEWS – The lack of knowledge from the villagers on new diseases and the development of health was the background of Universitas Airlangga students held counseling of diphtheria and dengue fever on Wednesday, January 10. They are the students who work in Community Service Program – Learning Together with the Community (KKN-BBM) in the Village Nglajang, Sugihwaras Subdistrict, Bojonegoro.
“The introduction to diphtheria was due to the current condition in the world, even the spread has entered Nganjuk,” said Devi Noaritasari, Nursing Education student that presented the material to the villagers.
The counseling was attended by local people, especially PKK women. Villagers looked enthusiastic with the exposure by students. Because many of them are not familiar with the type of diphtheria disease.
“This disease is a sudden infection caused by Corynebacterium diphtheriae bacteria . Diphtheria is easily transmitted through air, saliva, and contaminated objects or food, “said the woman born in Ponorogo, October 11, 1996.
Devi said, the process of diphtheria infection took place through the respiratory tract, eyes, skin, ears, and vagina. In addition, the attacking germs will be eradicated on heating 60 0 C for 10 minutes. However, the bacteria can stay for several weeks in ice, water, milk and dry mucus.
People should be aware if they have symptoms of diphtheria. Like a sore throat, the heat ranges from 37.8 – 38.9 0 C, red throat, grayish white mouth, and throat enlargement and there’s also complications of airway obstruction, heart disease, bladder disease, kidney failure, to neurological disorders, 3-5% of them cause death.
“The most important thing for the infected is being isolated for about 2 weeks until the tests show negative results twice and the treatment given is complete. While prevention measure can be done by diphtheria vaccination, ” she added.
In addition to diphtheria, the widespread disease in the wet season is dengue fever. In the rainy season, Nglajang Village is no stranger to the presence of mosquitoes every night at homes or rice fields. Previously, there was inspection and door to door counselling, on Sunday, January 7. Evidently, there were mosquito larvae in the watertubs of some villagers.
“Inspection is done to know the larva and give little understanding to the community,” said Devi.
Tahiyatun, one of the residents of RT 2, said that the profession as farmers make them less concerned with the house’s hygiene. Even the water used for bathing is not well maintained.
Devi hoped that with this counselling people will be more aware and diligently clean the watertubs and improve health through immunization. This is to ensure the larvae not grow and develop and the community avoid the disease.
“We do not know the term, Mbak. We are here far from the signal and limited. This counselling is quite helpful for those who do not understand diphtheria, “said Puput, one of PKK members who is also a teacher of Early Childhood Education (PAUD). (*)
Author: Siti Nur Umami
Editor: Binti Q. Masruroh