Few days ago, I and Tina were watching TV and we saw a report on BBC about prevailence of Pneumonia in the slum areas of Manila. We share the same thoughts about this. We were disappointed with what’s happening in the country. Are we really this hopeless? Who’s to blame?
Then there’s this nationwide news about the most prominent man of the land having acute infectious diarrhea who sought immediate medical attention in St. Luke’s hospital no less, after being flown in from an emergency landing in Japan to the lobby of the said hospital only for an episode of loose bowel movement and “excrutiating abdominal pain’ which according to the news might be due to the STEAK that this man ate during the flight. Talk about POWER!
Going back with the BBC news video entitled Pneumonia in the Philippine Slums, the report states that there are 9,000 deaths among Filipino children a year due to Pneumonia. Why do you think these unfortunate events happen to poor pinoy kids? Due to exposure to dirtiest environment? Due to negligence of the officials ? Due to lack of financial support to health sector particularly to health care workers and deficiency of health aid? Due to parents’ irresponsibility? Due to economic poverty a.k.a deprivation or corruption?
Pneumonia is definitely infectious. Diarrhea may or may not be. Both require medical attention regardless of the economic status of the patient.
Whatever the reasons are for the prevailence of mortalities due to Pneumonia here, one thing is sure – that only those POWERful individuals have an access to everything, that includes HEALTH which I believe should be a RIGHT for ALL.