Last week, a mother was seen on TV crying in front of her dead baby at the morgue of the Gat Andres Bonifacio Hospital in Tondo, Manila.
She was not wailing because of her baby’s demise, but at the sight of her lifeless child whose nose was eaten by rats.
The mother had accepted her baby’s death due to blood infection. But what she could not accept was the fact that rats feasted on her infant’s body.
Hospital officials apologized to the grieving mom and admitted that the hospital is having problems with rats.
The mother was given P5,000 by hospital officials who also promised to shoulder the burial expenses of the child.
This hospital has a lot of cleaning to do. It’s not that hospitals or medical facilities around the world are sanitary, but having pests such as rodents is inexcusable.
Hospital administrators of the Gat Andres Bonifacio are aware of the existence of rodents and yet did nothing to address the problem.
I am sure that aside from the hospital’s morgue, these rats also visit other rooms at the hospital, including the kitchen.
How can the Department of Health (DOH) expect to win its campaign against leptospirosis and other deadly diseases if some of its hospitals are themselves the source of rat infestation?
The DOH should look into this matter immediately.
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Electronic gadgets making kids dull?
Several students interviewed on radio on Saturday did not know what Andres Bonifacio did and when.
The children, elementary and high school students, are aware that Bonifacio is one of the country’s heroes but they have no idea when he existed and what he fought for.
I shook my head while listening to the stummering children as they gave wild guesses about the founder of the katipunan.
Children are taught Philippine History as early as in third grade yet it seems that some of them are no longer interested in our rich past.
A friend of mine once complained that his son, who is in first year high school, does not even know what H2O means.
Last week, I overheard a mother scolding her fifth grader who asked her to buy iPad.
The mother said she would buy the gadget “only if you already know the difference between the sum, product, and quotient.” She was talking about math.
However, when it comes to the operation or use of gadgets, children can teach their parents with authority.
According to my “compadre,” his 14-year-old son prepares his power point presentations. So does my fifth grade daughter.
A fellow journalist bragged about that his 12-year-old daughter’s ability to create a short film with her iPhone.
Kids nowadays are slow in the classroom but they sure are intelligent when it comes to electronic gadgets.
After all, this is the digital age.