The spate of robbery incidents involving business establishments prompted one of our friends who own an internet cafe to buy sentry safes for her shop. She said nobody knows when the burglars will strike, so she has to come up with ways to keep her business earnings safe at all times. She is also considering the installation of CCTV to her shop so she’ll be able to monitor the goings on while she is not around. In case, something untoward happens, she would easily check the tapes connected to the CCTV to see what really took place.
Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome or SARS is a viral respiratory illness transmitted through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes, and bodily secretions from an infected person. It manifests flu-like symptoms.
At the height of the SARS scare in 2003, DOH (Department of Health) beat people have no other recourse but to cover and write about the latest update on the health malady.
I want a different perspective of the story so I designate myself to visit the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM) in Alabang, Muntinlupa City, one of the DOH’s assigned government SARS centers in Metro Manila. The other one was found in San Lazaro Hospital in Manila.
I have planned to come up with a news feature and a profile story from the interview with front line health workers who are directly handling suspected SARS patients.
The idea is quite scary isn’t it? What was I thinking then? We are not even covered by a medical insurance just in case me and my co-workers catch the virus during the coverage. I don’t even have the slightest idea of the existing life insurance rates. Also, I have two little susceptible kids to worry about.
But there’s no turning back. With only surgical masks and alcohol as our protection we proceeded to RITM.
My photographer was all worried to enter the RITM premises, but I assure him we are not going to meet a patient inside as we are not allowed to do so.
The interview and hospital facility guided tour turn out well. I felt good about myself as only few print reporters at the time including those from TV were able to visit the SARS referral center.
I did it all for the love of my job and goal to get a first hand account. After all the worries, I get to see my story published the following day.
Fortunately, none of us get sick after the coverage. Thank God.
If you are an expectant mom, there are a lot of things to consider before taking any medicine or vitamins. Prenatal check-up is a must for pregnant women. Doctors monitor the development of both mother and child. Only doctors can tell you if you need any medication or vitamins to keep you and your unborn baby in top form. They will give you prescription of certain vitamins that you can purchase in drugstores. You can always visit the nearest private or public hospitals in your area to avail prenatal services and you will know what I’m talking about. Just a piece of advice, consult your OB-Gyne first before buying over the counter prenatal vitamins. The same care should be exercised in taking food or beverages that aren’t fit for consumption by pregnant women. Just be wary of anything you take for your sake and your unborn child’s health.