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Jakarta residents may face Rp 50 m fine for dengue mosquito larvae infestation

Jakarta Globe - June 6, 2024

Antara, Jakarta – The Jakarta Public Order Agency (Satpol PP) has clarified that a Rp 50 million ($3,000) fine will be imposed on residents if larvae of the Aedes aegypti mosquito, the carrier of dengue fever (DBD), are discovered inside their homes. However, there are several stages involved before this fine is applied.

"It is incorrect to assume that we immediately levy a Rp 50 million fine on residents whose homes are found with mosquito larvae; there is a procedural process in place," said Arifin, Head of Jakarta Satpol PP,Arifi in a written statement released in Jakarta on Thursday.

This statement clarifies misinformation circulated in the media suggesting that the agency immediately imposes the fine.

Arifin referred to Regional Regulation No. 6 of 2007 regarding the Control of Dengue Fever (DBD), which outlines the responsibility of both the Regional Government and the community in preventing the disease.

This includes initiatives such as mosquito nest eradication efforts, periodic larval inspections, disease surveillance, and public education.

Furthermore, Arifin explained that in terms of controlling dengue fever, epidemiological investigations are conducted, involving tracing cases of patients, followed by case management and large-scale mosquito fumigation.

Should mosquito larvae still be detected in residences after comprehensive eradication efforts, Regional Regulation mandates penalties. These penalties initiate with written warnings, then escalate to notifications via sticker placement on residents' doors, and culminate in fines of up to Rp 50 million or imprisonment for up to two months.

"This Regulation encompasses regulations and responsibilities for all community members to actively engage in supporting and executing collective endeavors to prevent dengue fever, including obligations of relevant regional agencies," Arifin elaborated.

Meanwhile, the Jakarta Health Agency is intensifying its efforts to curb the spread of dengue fever, which has resulted in six fatalities from January to April 16. As of the stated date, the agency has recorded a total of 3,875 dengue cases, with 310 cases in January, 767 cases in February, 2,163 cases in March, and 635 cases in April.

Source: https://jakartaglobe.id/news/jakarta-residents-may-face-rp-50-m-fine-for-dengue-mosquito-larvae-infestatio