Friday, August 7, 2009
The pic above was stolen without permission here.
Its an irony when humans lost their value in humanity.
As of the 7th of August 2008, 8:00 am, there are 15 death cases reported. Yeah, everyday, the death toll due to the swine flu keeps on increasing. Okay, lets not look at the death toll. Look at the reported cases, which is 1525. Do we know that there are a lot of other cases classified as A(H1N1) suspects that were not recorded? Let us think, among those 15 deaths, how many that it were verified of the swine flu after the death?
There's the prologue. And for the content, let us talk about my adventure of being the head of the teachers-on-duty this week. One of the chores that I had to do is to get the percentage of attendance for the afternoon session everyday this week. On Wednesday, about 43 pupils did not attend school due to fever, about 6 had to be sent back home. Thursday, 54 absentees from 340 afternoon session pupils and 5 had to be sent home. Today, 60 absentees and 1 had to be sent home. The numbers are increasing, and from a reliable sources, as of Tuesday, the average of attendance for this whole town is about 80% of pupils and students. The reason? Fever with A(H1N1) symptoms..
These kids were sent to the hospitals and clinics but were sent back home as their temperature were below 40 degrees. Their given prescriptions? Paracetamols and Panadols.
You see, the procedure is, if a kid is ill and is in the school, the school (the teacher on duty) will call the parents to pick up their kid. And if the parents couldn't do so, the teacher on duty had to send them back home, provided that they have someone to look after them at home.
What I am pissed about is how parents giving excuses such as buried in work, no transport and such to avoid the hassle of taking their kids home. More pissed I was when I made a call, the mum said she got no transport and the dad said he was outstation and I found out that both of them were at home (which is like 10 mins walk from school and no, I don't walk there, I drove there). More pissed I was when a dad said that work is more important than picking up his daughter. More pissed I was when some teachers kinda shot me with sarcastic remarks saying I'm pampering the parents by sending their kids home, due to them not being well to be in school. If I'm one of the kids, but one that can think, wouldn't I feel neglected, discovering that my parents and teachers couldn't care less for my well being? What will I become when I grows up? A person who has a great distrust issue?
Had a talk with a burger seller just now. He was wondering, why are those responsible did not take the right action. He was aiming at the ministry of health and the ministry of education. Ministry of health for the ways hospitals and clinics handle the Swine Flu cases, be it a confirmed case or not. He thought of how the MOE should consider the rising of absentees in schools and declare a state of emergency for schools. Kids do not understand much of adult world. They thought of A(H1N1) as a weird yet playful name. For them, its just those things mentioned in the TV. For them, the masks given (or sold to them) are just a tool to become a ninja in Konoha. Adults should take things seriously tbh. Do we need a death or two before we quarantine or close schools? Do we need the same number of deaths and reported cases before we declare a state of emergency? Do we should care about the politics, the ISA, the reformation, the street protests and other shits more than the life of our own future generations?
Go people, listen to the Black Eyed Peas' Where is the love. Think about how human we are. Go I beg you. Go.
"People killin', people dyin'
Children hurt and you hear them cryin'
Can you practice what you preach
And would you turn the other cheek
Father, Father, Father help us
Send some guidance from above
'Cause people got me, got me questionin'
Where is the love"
Think people, think. Are we humans? Or are we something lower than the characters in the picture at the top of this post?