DENPASAR - West Java Governor Ridwan Kamil along with six Javanese Governors in Bali signed a commitment to achieve malaria elimination or malaria free status by 2022. The signing was held to coincide with the 12th World Malaria Day.
In addition to Emil - Ridwan Kamil's familiar greeting, the Governor of Banten, DKI Jakarta, DI Yogyakarta, Central Java, East Java, and Bali also signed the commitment. Also present were Health Minister Nila F Moeloek and Interior Minister Tjahjo Kumolo at the event which took place at Sasana Budaya Kertalangu Denpasar Bali on Monday (13/05/2019).
According to Nila Moeloek, this commitment is one of the right strategies to realize a malaria-free area. He also did not hesitate to express appreciation to the seven regional heads involved in signing the commitment.
"The commitment of these regional leaders means that local knowledge is what those who know, I am very happy because the regional leaders are very concerned about the health of their communities," he said.
The points agreed upon in the commitment are the making of regulations to achieve malaria elimination and maintenance of areas that are already malaria free. Then, the regional head must allocate a budget to maintain malaria-free status as a form of prevention and preparedness.
All regional heads must be committed to supporting maintenance efforts which include strengthening malaria surveillance, early diagnosis of malaria, appropriate treatment, and strengthening community independence in preventing the emergence of new malaria cases.
Nila F Moeloek said that the most important thing was education to the community. In that case, the regional government has a relatively large task and responsibility.
"Educating the importance of healthy living, our society must be aware of this, our lifestyle now is very open to the outside world and we do not know they are exposed," he said.
At present, 285 of the 514 regions in 34 provinces are malaria free. Only, five provinces do not have a single malaria-free area, namely Papua, West Papua, Maluku, North Maluku and East Nusa Tenggara.
Therefore, Nila Moeloek targets the five provinces to eliminate malaria by 2030. The process of malaria elimination must be accelerated, said Nila Moeloek, because the Ministry of Health has received a warning from the World Health Organization (WHO).
"The five provinces have not had a single City of Elimination status. We know that the area is not geographically easy but we will continue. Target of 2030 we must eliminate all, I have been reprimanded by WHO and we will not succeed if we do not cooperate," he said.
Meanwhile, Emil said, currently 85 percent or 23 regencies / cities in West Java have received eliminiation certification or are declared malaria free. The rest are still found to be malaria endemic in four districts, namely Pangandaran, Garut, Sukabumi and Tasikmalaya.
"To endemic in Sukabumi, Garut and Tasik are cases of malaria imports, while in Pangandaran it occurs because of local transmission. But these four districts are still low in endemic categories, namely fire <1 (annual paracyte incidence)," he said.
"Our target in 2 to 3 years is to become a malaria-free zone. In essence, I am very optimistic that I hope next year I can report massive progress to help Indonesia zero malaria," he continued.