DOH Secretary Francisco Duque III now admits that there is what he calls a "low-level H1N1 community outbreak in Metro Manila" particularly in schools, colleges and universities.
Nanaykupo! Bakit parang matagal nang obvious 'yang ganyang ibinabalita ng DOH?!
The DOH made this declaration even as Senator Richard Gordon reiterated the wisdom of his earlier stand that the opening of classes should have been deferred. Had that advice been heeded or seriously considered, we would not be seeing the spectre of so many children getting sick left and right and schools opening and closing almost at will.
It's about time that the Senate hold its own inquiry into the state of our public health given the now rampaging H1N1 menace. This is especially important since Congress, which held a one-day public hearing on H1N1 last Monday, has shut itself down after one of its employees became the Philippines' first H1N1-related fatality.
It's about time that our policy-makers get to know what cytokine storms are which has been linked to the deaths of millions of healthy young men and women during the 1918 Spanish influenza pandemic. (More on this very important topic when I return. I've actually made a post on this a few days ago. You can find it here if you type "cytokine storm" in the Search box of this blog).
DOH, Gising! DepEd and CHED, Gising! Senado, Gising!