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Indonesian Ministry of Health Orders Viral Pneumonia Screening for Tourists at Airports


Once more, China is in the spotlight due to a surge in cases of viral pneumonia affecting children and straining numerous hospitals in Beijing. According to a report from the Global Times, in the past two months, Beijing Children’s Hospital has been receiving over 9,000 patients daily.

Starting from 21 November 2023, various Chinese media outlets have reported that this outbreak of unidentified pneumonia predominantly targets children rather than adults, particularly in the Northern China region.


According to Erlina Burhan, a pulmonologist from the Indonesian Pulmonologist Association, the bacteria responsible for viral pneumonia has been present in Indonesia for an extended period and is not a novel virus.

The Indonesian government is adopting a more serious approach towards containing the spread of the pneumonia virus. One measure being implemented involves screening tourists displaying pneumonia symptoms at airports and ports.

The Denpasar Class I Port Health Office will conduct monitoring for symptoms among foreign tourists from China and refer them to hospitals such as Prof Ngoerah Hospital, Bali Mandara Hospital, and Siloam Hospital.

As of now, the Indonesian government hasn’t imposed any travel bans on Chinese citizens. Budi Gunadi, the Indonesian Minister of Health, has highlighted that the pathogenic bacteria causing viral pneumonia have existed for a considerable time. This isn’t a new virus akin to COVID-19 or Ebola.

Budi Gunadi further mentioned that the WHO had issued directives to the Ministry of Health and its personnel to prepare for managing this situation, particularly at airports, ports, border crossings, and other relevant sectors.

Visitors arriving in Indonesia, particularly through Bali and Jakarta, are urged to consistently uphold personal hygiene practices during their holidays. Wearing masks in public spaces and promptly seeking medical examination if experiencing any symptoms are strongly advised.

Latest Update About Viral Pneumonia Outbreak in China

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Source: AFP/Jade Gao

A virtual meeting was convened by the WHO on 23 November 2023, involving Chinese scientists to discuss this pneumonia virus. Their assessment indicates that this virus poses a significant risk to children, particularly those with weakened immune systems.

China’s National Health Commission has been documenting a continuous rise in cases of this enigmatic pneumonia since 13 November 2023. The primary symptoms include dry cough, fever, and abdominal pain, which, in severe instances, can lead to cyanosis (bluish discolouration) of the lips and nails.

Pneumonia virus can stem from various factors, including influenza virus infection, mycoplasma pneumonia, RSV, and Coronavirus 2. Prevention measures involve averting the transmission of droplets typically emitted through coughing, sneezing, or similar actions. Additionally, adhering to recommended vaccinations by healthcare professionals is crucial for prevention.

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