Sunday, 15 February 2015 16:49
(BY: ATTY. BATAS MAURICIO) LIFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “… If you do not carefully follow all the words of this law, which are written in this book, and do not revere this glorious and awesome name—the Lord your God—the Lord will send fearful plagues on you and your descendants, harsh and prolonged disasters, and severe and lingering illnesses…” (Deuteronomy 28:58-59, the Holy Bible).
DOH COVER-UP IN THE MERS-COV DISEASE? I find it horrible that, similar to the cover-up that is being done in the Mamasapano massacre which killed 44 Special Action Force officers and men, another large scale cover-up is apparently being done by the Aquino government through its Department of Health about the real extent of the MERS-CoV disease which has entered the country this February.
I say there is a large scale cover-up on the deadly disease because it is clear that Health Secretary Janet Garin is not giving our countrymen the truth about it, and it appears that she is in fact suppressing the truth. For example, Garin was quoted as saying there is no reason to believe that the disease would spread quickly in the Philippines.
And yet, the truth was staring her in her face even as she spoke: eleven of the 56 people, mostly health workers from a local hospital where the afflicted Filipina pregnant nurse was confined, immediately showed signs they have likewise contracted the disease. Yes, not all of the 56 people got the ailment. But, eleven of 56 are surely a great number of people who got contaminated, even if they did not have any contact with the nurse at all.
WHY IS DOH NOT MONITORING RELATIVES OF THE 11 NEWLY AFFLICATED BY MERS-COV? This state of things likewise rebuked Garin’s assurances, uttered by her in a press conference on Friday, February 13, 2015, that “human to human transmission is not that easy, so there is no reason to panic.” If human to human transmission of the disease is not that easy, as Garin said, how come eleven health workers who did not even have direct contact with the contaminated Filipina nurse are now sick with MERS-CoV?
It is clear that in her effort to look good and appear to be on top of this medical emergency, Garin ignored something very important or perhaps, deliberately left out some vital information in her press conference: the eleven people who were contaminated by the Filipina nurse certainly have put their families, their neighbors, and all others who came in contact with them, at risk, too.
Yet, it was clear that Garin’s DOH is not doing anything to similarly track down these families, neighbors, and friends of the afflicted health workers. Garin seemed to be focusing only on the fellow plane passengers of the Filipina nurse on the Saudia flight that brought her home from the Middle East, and leaving out others who have been exposed by now. This is the height of irresponsibility, no more, no less.
MERS-COV IS BIBLICAL: And yet again, I am constrained to repeat myself: diseases which cause body temperatures to rise abnormally and kill people en masse, like the MERS-CoV, have been warned about in the Bible thousands of years ago yet. It is not as if these diseases are coming out only now. The whole world had been sufficiently warned a long time ago.
Let us read the warning in Deuteronomy 28:22 of the Bible: “The Lord will strike you with wasting disease, with fever and inflammation…which will plague you until you perish…” Clear warning, right? Yes, it is a clear warning, after all. But, what would cause these deadly diseases to come and plague all of the world “until you perish?”
Deuteronomy 28:15 is clear, and let me paraphrase this verse. It says, if a people no longer listen to God, and no longer obey Him, He will send curses to them, and one of these curses is the curse of “wasting disease, with fever and inflammation.” Surely, there is no escaping this curse, unless we obey the Bible’s very prescription to defeat it, which is listen to God, and obey Him.
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