Tempo Interactive, Monday, 07 December, 2009 | 17:20 WIB
TEMPO Interactive, Tangerang:Six Kawasaki patients were hospitalized at the Omni International Alam Sutera Hospital, Serpong, South Tangerang, last week.
“All of them children,” Omni Hospital spokesperson, Grace Hilza, told Tempo yesterday.
The number of patients with this new disease tends to increase. During this year, said Grace, the hospital has taken care of 70 Kawasaki cases.
Kawasaki is the name of a doctor in Japan, Tomisaku Kawasaki. In 1967, he discovered a disease which was known as mucocutaneuos lymphonede syndrome. Lately, people have been calling it Kawasaki. Kawasaki is a heart disease which often strikes children in developed countries.
Generally kawasaki strike people of Mongolian race, especially children. The symtoms are high fever, red rashes on the body, similar to measles. Both eyes redden, but with no inflamation. There is also swelling on one side of the neck, often mistaken as mumps.
With the above symptoms, doctors have often diagnosed patients with measles, medicine allergy, virus infection or mumps. Even though it is not infectious, according to Grace, this disease can cause death as if untreated, it can damage the heart by up to 85 percent.
One of the hospitalized patient is Indah Suraya Rizki Rambe (3).She was hospitalized since last Friday.
The rash is all over her body and is still visible.
Suryati (29), Indah’s mother, acknowledged that she was worried about the cost of treatment. “The price of the medicine coulde reach dozens of millions of Rupiah. Where can we find that amount of money?” she said.
She cannot use her husband’s salary, Paham Rambe, who works as a factory labourer.
Previously, the hospital has Elis, (6 months) and Jordan (2 years 9 months), with the same complaints, on Wednesday last week. Both were hospitalised for four days.