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Alarming surge in dengue fever cases, deaths sweeps across Indonesia

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Alarming surge in dengue fever cases, deaths sweeps across Indonesia

2024-06-16 14:33 Last Updated At:15:07

The alarming surge in dengue fever cases and deaths has gripped Indonesia, with experts attributing the outbreak to the impact of climate change which has led to warmer weather conditions.

Indonesia's Health Ministry reported roughly 62,000 dengue cases with 475 deaths from January to mid-April, almost triple the 22,500 cases and 170 deaths during the same period of last year.

The sharp increase is a cause for concern as hospitals across the country, including one in south Jakarta, have grappled with a daily influx of dengue patients.

Doctors have observed an unusual trend in symptoms this year, where many people mistaken dengue for the common cold due to atypical manifestations. This made them to delay their visit to the hospital and usually they come only when their conditions have worsened.

Health experts identify the hot weather induced by the El Nino climate pattern as one of the primary drivers of this surge. The warmer rainy season has accelerated the life cycle of mosquitoes, enabling them to mature rapidly and prolong their lifespan.

The Health Ministry emphasizes that the most effective approach to mitigating the outbreak lies in regular water source drainage, proper covering of water containers, and the elimination of potential mosquito breeding grounds through recycling initiatives.

Recognizing the significance of public participation in safeguarding communities against the outbreak, the Indonesian government has underscored the crucial role individuals play, starting at the household level and expanding efforts to the national scale.

Alarming surge in dengue fever cases, deaths sweeps across Indonesia

Alarming surge in dengue fever cases, deaths sweeps across Indonesia

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China's 2024 summer grain output hits record high

2024-07-15 11:55 Last Updated At:12:07

China achieved a bumper summer grain harvest in 2024, with the output reaching a record high of 149.78 million tons, up by 2.5 percent or nearly 3.63 million tons year on year, recent official data showed.

The ample yields of staple crops help bolster the country's food security, according to the National Bureau of Statistics.

The summer grain output per hectare reached 5,628 kilograms, an increase of 2.5 percent or 135.4 kilograms from last year. Notably, the wheat yield per hectare reached 5,986 kilograms, marking a 150-kilogram increase from 2023.

Currently, China has over 1 billion mu (about 66.67 million hectares) of high-standard farmland nationwide, effectively increasing grain yields per unit.

The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs has launched a three-year plan aimed at enhancing the unit yield of wheat, along with a governmental fund of 1.6 billion yuan (about 220 million U.S. dollars) to support efforts in pest control, disease prevention, and heat resistance.

"We focus on addressing challenges in wheat planting process, including issues with plowing, sowing, management, and harvesting. By integrating fine varieties, key technologies, and advanced agricultural machinery, we've significantly increased unit yield of wheat over extensive regions. Henan Province has seen a rebound in wheat production, and major wheat-producing provinces like Shandong, Hebei, Jiangsu, and Anhui have achieved record-high yields per unit area," said Lyu Xiutao, deputy director of Department of Crop Production at the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs.

China's 2024 summer grain output hits record high

China's 2024 summer grain output hits record high

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