Editorial: No Lucky Numbers for Negros Occidental

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Sunday, August 4, 2013


STRANGE name, but not to be ignored: Chikungunya.

Its known symptoms, according to the Department of Health (DOH) Center for Health Development are sudden onset of fever, severe headache, chills, nausea, vomiting, and joint pains.

In Western Visayas, Negros Occidental has the most number of cases of Chikungunya. Records of the Provincial Health Office that further revealed that as of late, the province has 188 cases of suspected Chikungunya and 53 of these have in fact been confirmed cases.

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Tailing Negros Occidental are Antique, Guimaras, and Iloilo.

Further complicating the matter is the fact that Western Visayas, ranked in the entire country, is second to Calabarzon in having the most number of Chikungunya cases.

It is next to Batangas.

Like the dreaded dengue carried by “aedes egypti” mosquitoes, major symptom of Chikungunya is the severe joint pain, and its carrier is likewise the killer victor or carrier, the mosquito, according to the Provincial Health Office.

The public must be informed that in severe cases of Chikungunya, an adult cannot return to work due to severe joint pains, and that, “some patients have reported incapacitating joint pain or arthiritis which may last for weeks or months.”

Negros Occidental is very unfortunate to have claimed the first and second as numbers relative to having cases of Chikungunya which could range from increasing to fatally threatening.

The Provincial Health Office is on its heels of campaigning on the prevention of this strange sounding Chikungunya thing.

In the meantime, the public must also be on high alert even from the simple reminder of cleaning their surroundings.

Let’s not add to the numbers; let us not fall victims.

For a start, it’s knowing what is proverbially referred to as next to godliness….

Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on August 05, 2013.

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