Suara.com – The Indonesian Pediatrician Association (IDAI) has not issued a recommendation to postpone face-to-face learning (PTM) as an effort to prevent severe acute hepatitis outbreaks.
Although cases of severe acute hepatitis continue to increase, now there have been 15 infected children, according to IDAI, there is not enough evidence of the outbreak to have to postpone the implementation of PTM.
“There is not enough evidence, because until now, it is not clear whether all cases are severe acute hepatitis. It still needs to be checked. Because we can’t do all the laboratories,” said Head of UKK Gastro-Hepatology IDAI – DR. Dr. Muzal Kadim, Sp.A(K)., in a webinar, Tuesday (10/5/2022).
Examination of adenovirus, which is suspected to be the cause of severe acute hepatitis, is also not easy. Thus, Dr. Muzal said that the 15 cases of severe acute hepatitis in various regions had not been confirmed, but it was definitely severe acute hepatitis.
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“So for now, no official recommendation has been issued for PTM. In terms of this case, it is still ongoing, we could issue it in 1-2 days if necessary. It doesn’t mean waiting for a more severe case, but it’s not strong enough for PTM at this time It was the same during Covid, we need evidence first. Because this PTM is not something trivial, “he said.
Meanwhile, the general chairman of IDAI, dr. Piprim Basarah, Sp.A(K)., revealed that apart from Jakarta, cases of severe acute hepatitis were recorded in Tulungagung and West Sumatra.
“But even that has not yet entered the probable criteria because it does not meet the requirements, so it is still under investigation,” said the Piprim doctor.
He reminded parents not to panic. We recommend that you continue to take steps to prevent disease by implementing clean and healthy living behavior (PHBS). In addition, health protocols related to Covid-19 can also be carried out.
“We have learned about how to overcome transmission through the respiratory tract. Wear masks, keep your distance, wash your hands, and so on,” he concluded.
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