Joko Murdianto contracted dengue hemorrhagic fever in 1996 and after going through the illness, he decided to make a commitment to the battle against dengue so that other people didn’t have to suffer the way he did. Here’s his story.
I contracted dengue in 1996 in Indonesia, and it was first misdiagnosed as pharyngitis as dengue was so uncommon at that time. After one week, I was in hospital with stomach bleeding and I was so weak that I felt like I was in a coma.
Now as a survivor of this illness, I am working with communities to minimize the incidence of dengue hemorrhagic fever through educating people.
I talk to people to ensure they know how to keep their communities clean and deter dengue larvae from growing. I tell them how the amount of time spent in hospital leads to a drop in productivity. I also advocate the use of larvacide and fumigation to help reduce the numbers of mosquitos that are carrying the disease, and I have joined the national blood committee.
In my opinion Break Dengue is a great tool to help in the fight against dengue.
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