Achieving Happiness

June 9, 2008

Neonatal Sepsis

Filed under: Uncategorized — Ina Alleco @ 5:33 pm

I promised myself that after the last series of entries, I would come up with more cheerful ones. In the past week I’ve been planning and buying clothes and other stuff for Kimiko (five more weeks to go!) and wasting time on the internet looking for Moses baskets and breastfeeding cloths and surfing sites on how to deal with the pain of childbirth (it helps to be informed — I don’t mind admitting that AM FREAKING FREAKED about labor pains, but the more I learn about how to handle it, the more confident I feel).

Kaso nga, my mind just doesn’t bend towards cheerful things. At

least not for very long.

Of course am agitated and majorly ticked off my the economic issues of the day. Rice prices continue to rise, along with the price of gasoline, and its appalling how the government continues to spout lies about how it’s actually on top of the situation (yeah right! Someone please make Gloria Arroyo stand in line for NFA rice sans bodyguards, sans umbrella, and definitely sans special treatment) while hundreds and thousands of Filipino start feeling really desperate that soon enough, they won’t be able to buy rice at all because (1) it’s too expensive; (2) it’s too difficult to get.

There are reports that in Mindanao, rice is being sold at P60 a kilo. The Commonwealth gas stations are selling diesel at P55 a liter. How the hell are people supposed to cope with these increases when their wages remain pegged to the floor, with the real values steadily decreasing?! It’s unreal — a week ago I read a news story about a padre de familia who committed suicide after failing to buy rice. The wife said that her husband’s desperation over the high costs of living probably reached its threshold and he couldn’t cope anymore so he opted out by way of hanging himself.

AAAAAAGH!

As for the Meralco Wars, sheesh, like anything good will come out of Winston Garcia supposed pro-consumer posturing. He’s as corrupt as Macapagal-Arroyo and he’s manipulated the GSIS funds like they were his own money, at the expense of GSIS members and pensioners.

Kung matino ang gobyerno, isasabansa ang Meralco, ang Napocor at ang mga IPPs and rates will be regulated. No more profiteering, but all operations will be service-oriented. Scrap EPIRA, overhaul the ERC, and confiscate Meralco from the Lopezes.

The issue about senators appearing in commercial ads was also interesting.

I don’t see any problem with officials appearing in tv ads per se- but only if the messages have real relevance to Filipino’s economic lives and can contribute to their general well-being. Ads like how Pinoys should stand up against government corruption; against extrajudicial killings; against high prices and rates of social services. But certainly not to endorse products like cigarettes or alcohol; to just come out selling themselves like they’re God’s gift of relief to the long-suffering Filipino people.

I am particularly disgusted with the Lucida DS glutathione ad billboards featuring Loren Legarda. Gad – what kind of message is she sending – kailangang magpaputi ang kababaihang Pilipino?! She’s so freaking vain; but what’s more glaring is how pathetic and desperate she is to call attention to herself to extent that she’s endorsed a whitening pill. So much for being proud of being a Filipina — she’s encouraging Pinays to whiten their skin and look Caucasian or at least Japanese.

Actually, it’s been a while since I last thought the word ‘credible’ applied to Legarda. It’s clear from all the careful and/or crowd pleasing/wishy-washy-weak stands she’s been taking on crucial issues political and economic that she’s just binding her time until 2010. Sure enough the other day there was a newsreport of her announcing her intent to run for president in 2010. Ugh.

(Sa tutoo lang, kadiri talaga ang mga pulitiko na ngayon pa lang nag-aanunsyo na na tatakbo na sila sa 2010. Jeez – these people are really intoo politics and government not to serve but to [pick one or all] secure tons of ill-gotten wealth; stroke their own egos and satisfy their need for public adoration; and thumb their noses at their political/business rivals. I don’t think the idea of genuine, selfless service to the poor and oppressed hardly registers with them on any deep or sincere level.)

The thing I’m most upset about, though, is about the reports that some 30 plus babies have died because of neonatal sepsis after being born or confined at the Ospital ng Makati. This story depresses and worries the hell out of me. Imagine losing that many babies! Just one baby dying of a disease caused by carelessness is insane!

When the story first broke out I quickly looked up medical journals on neonatal sepsis, and gad, it’s so easy to detect and avoid. Prenatal check-ups and closely monitoring the mothers’ health; and making sure that the hospital nurseries and operating room are completely clean and sterile (the same goes for the homes and rooms where the baby will stay when he/she’s been brought home already).

I go nuts just thinking about baby diseases. I’m 35 weeks gone and have 5 weeks to go before Kimiko pops out (hopefully without much pain and anguish on either our parts, but am willing to suffer more pain if it means that she’ll be okay), and it’s lunatic to risk losing her to a bacterial blood infection (or losing her, period) after all that she and I have been through these last almost-nine months. Right now she’s kicking and wriggling and moving about, and despite the level of discomfort and, sometimes, even pain I experience when she kicks or punches particularly hard, am very relieved and happy to feel her.

I feel like buying liters of cleaning fluid and scrubbing down the entire house and then spearheading a campaign for the full fumigation and sterilization of all infant care wards and birthing rooms/centers. Gad. Oh to live in Cuba where there’s a doctor for every neighborhood block! Libre ang regular prenatal check ups and even caesarian operations. Bigget budgetary allocation go towards public health care. Hay. Dito sa Pilipinas, may polio pa rin, may mumps pa rin, may TB pa rin, may dengue. Aaaargh!

Sukatan talaga ng pagiging mahusay, makatarungan at maka-mamamayan ng isang gobyerno ang kakayananan nitong bantayan, alagaan at paunlarin ang kalusugan ng taumbayan. The public hospital and health care system in the Philippines drives one to tears.

This just in – posted at GMANews.TV: Pessimism among Filipinos growing. Does this reflect my current state of mind right this moment or what?

Personal outlooks on the quality of life have fallen to a neutral level and expectations about the economy are now even more negative, a new Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey showed.

The independent pollster’s first-quarter social weather survey, made exclusive to BusinessWorld, found 29% of Filipinos optimistic about their personal quality of life — barely changed from 30% — and another 23% pessimistic that it would get worse, a plunge from 16% previously.

The rest said they expected no change.

Well, I expect change. I demand it, and am willing to work for it, so I guess I’m not all that pessimistic.

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