Indonesian health officials are urging people to take a leaf out of the US health care system by covering their hair with a hair tie and using a hair remover to remove the infection.
The World Health Organization (WHO) has reported more than 50,000 cases of malaria in Indonesia in 2016, a staggering increase from around 11,000 in 2016.
Since mid-November, the government has been urging people not to use hair ties because they can make the disease worse.
“The number of cases is rising,” said Muhyiddin, a senior health official.
“We are trying to stop the spread of the disease in Indonesia.”
Indonesia has also started to allow people to use personal hair restraints, including ties.
But the new measures are only starting to make a difference in some parts of the country.
In Jakarta, which has the world’s largest Muslim population, about 80% of the population have a hair cut, according to the WHO.
But in other parts of Indonesia, the situation is more complicated.
“We are seeing a spike in infections because people are not wearing hair ties,” said Fadil Bhatnagar, a spokesperson for the Indonesian health ministry.
“They are wearing a loose fitting headscarf and hair tie.
That is a serious risk for people who are not well informed on the dangers of the infection.”
Hair ties are a traditional form of covering and hair removers are commonly used to remove hair.
“People who are using them and not wearing them can be at a higher risk of contracting malaria,” said Bhatnickar.
“In many areas of Indonesia there are restrictions on the use of personal hair ties and the hair removals can lead to infections.”
In the capital, Jakarta, there are some areas where people can wear their hair ties but not use them.
The government is urging people in these areas to take the new safety precautions, including wearing the tie in the shower and washing their hair regularly.
But there is also growing pressure from religious leaders and activists to ban the ties.
“Hair is a sign of the devil,” said Ahmad, a local activist.
“It is a way to hide your sins.
It is also a sign that the devil is in power in the world.”
In Jakarta, women in the city are encouraged to cut their hair short to be seen by other men.
“When people have long hair, they are more visible and are considered a threat,” said Anwar Ibrahim, a hair stylist.
“They are the devil.”
But the country’s religious leaders are increasingly calling for a return to traditional dress codes, which have been seen as discriminatory against Muslim women.
“If we are to change the way we dress, we must be in harmony with our faith,” said the head of the Indonesian Islamic Council, Sheikh Yusuf Al-Qahtani.
“No one should be allowed to say that women have to be veiled.”
In a recent video, the imam urged people to not wear headscarves and instead wear traditional Islamic clothing that includes a khair and a niqab.
“This is the most difficult time for us,” he said.
“When people are asking us to wear these garments, we cannot.
We cannot even use them.”
According to the BBC, Indonesia has the second-highest rate of malaria cases in the Asia-Pacific region.