“Life is about having a good time, and it was a good time. We did some things well and some things poorly, but that was always the case.” –Norman Lear
Iloilo City Mayor Jerry P. Treñas’ allied on the city council should not worry about the administrative cases former City Councilors Joshua Alim and Plaridel Nava plan to file; in fact, they should expect more cases. However, such cases are normal for government officials and, if found guilty, the least they will receive is a rap to the knuckles and nobody will go to jail, lose their “lucrative” committee chairman ships, or subjected to humiliating criminal cases.
Such cases indicate democracy is alive and kicking in Iloilo City.
According to the Department of Health, parents in the Western Visayas with children who have contracted dengue fever continue to be restless and paranoid. These parents, who can hardly make ends meet, fear a simply insect bite could land their child in the hospital and face a financial meltdown after treatment.
When a red mark shows up on their child’s skin, even if it does not carry the life-threatening virus, parents panic and fear the worst; it’s why Iloilo district hospitals have been inundated with patients. Unless the dengue scare is nipped in the bud, hospital admissions will continue to swell, which would justify the state of calamity declaration.
Much has been written on how to prevent or fight dengue fever.
Family practitioner, Dr. Janice Litza, of Ascension All Saints Hospital in Racine, Wisconsin in the United States offered the following tips:
Stay indoors or under a mosquito net during peak mosquito times
The dengue mosquito has two peak periods of biting activity: in the morning for several hours after daybreak and in the late afternoon for several hours before dark. Nevertheless, the mosquito may feed at any time during the day, especially indoors, in shady areas, or when it is overcast.
Use insect repellent when outdoors
It is important to protect yourself from mosquito bites when you will be spending time outdoors in mosquito infested areas. Apply insect repellent to all exposed areas of your skin before heading outside
Cover your skin
You can reduce your chances of being bitten if you cover up as much of your skin as possible. Wear loose, long-sleeved shirts, socks, and long pants when you will be traveling to mosquito infested areas
Get rid of standing water in your area
Mosquitoes breed in standing water. Mosquito breeding sites include artificial water containers such as discarded tires, uncovered water storage barrels, buckets, flower vases or pots, cans, and cisterns. Help to reduce the mosquito population in your area by getting rid of any standing water that has collected around your house or campsite
Alex P. Vidal, who is now based in New York City, used to be the editor of two local dailies in Iloilo./WDJ