Health Minister steps up coordination with WHO in response to acute hepatitis

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Budi Gunadi Sadikin
Indonesian Health Minister Budi Gunadi Sadikin. (Source: KEMENKES)

Jakarta, IO – Acute hepatitis in children is drawing the world’s attention. The spotlight is not just at the still mysterious disease, but also its mortality risk. Since April 27, the Indonesian Health Ministry has recorded 15 cases of acute hepatitis in the country.

“On April 27, we found three cases in Jakarta and we issued a circular asking all hospitals and social services to carry out surveillance. Until now we have a total of 15 cases,” said Health Minister Budi Gunadi Sadikin in a press statement, Monday (9/5).

Budi said the cause of the disease is still unknown. The Health Ministry is currently conducting further coordination and discussions with WHO and several European countries to find out about the origin of the illness.