Wolbachia Mosquitoes Released in RI, Bappenas: Stop First! Tech – 14 hours ago

Jakarta, CNBC Indonesia – The Ministry of National Development Planning/National Planning Agency (Bappenas) has questioned the program for spreading mosquitoes injected with Wolbachia. They promised to ask for a clear study.

This was stated by the Special Staff of the Minister of National Development Planning/BAPPENAS Kemal Taruc after receiving an audience with several health activists who demonstrated in front of the Head Office of the Ministry of National Development Planning/BAPPENAS, Thursday (30/11/2023). According to him, there has been no clear study of the environmental and health impacts.

“I think friends have said that they want to communicate, yes (communication) from Bappenas we have to find out. Why is it like this, I heard the explanation, of course they have reasons, so we don’t want to say this is wrong, so that everything can be clear and open,” said Kemal told reporters.

However, he emphasized that Bappenas was not in a position to reject this program. However, clear study and outreach is needed to spread mosquitoes originating from abroad.

“Don’t divert (ask) the Ministry of Health to stop it, let’s cut it to a more authorized party. Hopefully our Minister of Bappenas can influence and persuade whatever it is up to, stop first, all steps are used. So my logic is that if there is nothing, let go “But if something happens, you can’t take it back,” he said.

“I also don’t know if this mosquito is true or not, it has a lot of eggs. I’m waiting for details,” he continued.

Later, Bappenas is ready to become a mediator to hold discussions with all related parties. So that this recommendation can be directly conveyed to President Joko Widodo.

“Our attitude is to invite everyone, in the form of a scenario if it is carried out like this, if not like this. We will not take a position unless the president takes our recommendation,” he explained.

Previously, the Ministry of Health determined four areas to be included in the trial for the spread of wolbachia mosquitoes. Namely Kupang, East Nusa Tenggara, Bontang, East Kalimantan, Semarang, Central Java, and West Jakarta.

This trial was carried out after research that began in 2011 in Yogyakarta. Namely by the World Mosquito Program (WMP) and supported by the Tahija foundation. The results in 2022 are claimed to be able to reduce the spread of dengue fever cases by up to 77%.

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