There Discrimination For Tropical Disease Sufferers

Director of Communicable Diseases World Health Organization (WHO), Dr Jai Narain deplores discrimination for persons with tropical diseases. Diseases such as leprosy meant, elephantiasis, yaws, and kala azar.

In Asia, including Indonesia, tropical diseases is still a major health problem for poor people living in rural and marginal areas.

Apart from having to bear the pain and burden of medical costs, patients with tropical diseases that also have to fight against stigma and discrimination from the surrounding community.

At the opening of the WHO regional meeting in Jakarta on Wednesday (14 / 2), Jai Narain said the meeting is expected to generate solutions and effective steps to combat the neglected tropical diseases.

"We hope that this second meeting to further improve the political commitment of participating countries meeting and produce intensive step in the eradication of tropical diseases," he said as quoted by Antara.

Jai Narain assess efforts to combat tropical diseases linked to poverty levels. Therefore, it is automatically a direct impact on poverty reduction and achieving the millennium development goals (Millennium Development Goals / MDGs).

WHO estimates, currently more than one billion people in tropical regions of tropical disease. Although disease management has been quite effective and affordable, in some countries such diseases has yet to be eradicated because of the weak commitment of the country.

"We hope this meeting could increase the political commitment of participating countries meeting and the resulting intensive steps towards reduction of various tropical diseases," said Jai Narain.

Such exclusion acts, according to Director General of Disease Control and Environmental Health Department of Health I Nyoman Kandun, also still occurs in Indonesia.

"In this case the drugs are provided free of charge by the government. What remains to be done and look for the solution is to eliminate the stigmatization of people against people," he said.

One of the tropical disease that is now also a concern, said Kandun, is a hemorrhagic fever (DHF). He estimates that dengue patients rose after major flood events. "Ministry of Health estimates the number of DHF patients will increase pascabanjir," said Kandun.

Therefore, Kandun said all local governments or regional governments can set the status of outbreaks (outbreaks) for their respective regions in case of explosion in the number of DHF patients. "Determining the status of outbreaks must be preceded by research or supervision," said Kandun.



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