Sunday, June 20, 2010

Schistosomiasis Patients Increases

The lack of medical staff, medicines, and operating costs caused the percentage of patients with schistosomiasis at Lindu District, Sigi District, and District Napu, Poso Regency, Central Sulawesi, increased.

Currently the percentage of patients in both regions were respectively 2.49 percent and 3.79 percent. 1990's figure of less than 1 percent, in the 1950s had about 50 percent.

It is told by Head of District Health Office of Sigi dr Sofyan Mailili, Sunday (27/6) in Palu. The day before, Chief Representative of World Health Organization (WHO) in Indonesia dr Khanchit L with Director General of Disease Control Ministry of Health and Environmental Health Prof. dr Tjandra Yoga Aditama SPP (K) visited the two areas that became endemic area of schistosomiasis.

In that visit, Tjandra Yoga brings several thousand Praziaquantel, schistosomiasis drug, and submitted to the Health Office of Central Sulawesi.

Distributed snail

Schistosomiasis is a disease caused by Schistosoma japonicum worms that spread via snail Oncomelania hupensis linduensis sebulir sized rice. From snails, worms enter the body through the skin. Besides, can also go to other mammals, like cows and buffaloes, to become the next source of infection. To prevent infection, people need to wear boots in the snail habitat.

Symptoms of humans infected with this disease are itching, fever, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. It continues bulging belly and swollen feet and hands like beri-beri disease. Patients also suffer from anemia, and could end up with liver disorders.

In Sub district Lindu, totaling 139 patients from a total 4824 population. In the laboratory, and schistosomiasis in Lindu Napu each there is only one laboratory worker.


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