Mauritius : My Opinion

August 21, 2009 at 9:34 pm 6 comments

This clearly needs a blog post!!

Yeah, I know that my last blog post date one year ago.. but I have been busy with life…

First, special Hi to Kervin.

The reason for my blogpost is the current Swine Flu pandemic in my country. WHO says we are in phase 6, meaning that  WHO considers the overall severity of the influenza pandemic to be moderate.

The moderate assessment reflects that:

  • Most people recover from infection without the need for hospitalization or medical care.
  • Overall, national levels of severe illness from influenza A(H1N1) appear similar to levels seen during local seasonal influenza periods, although high levels of disease have occurred in some local areas and institutions.
  • Overall, hospitals and health care systems in most countries have been able to cope with the numbers of people seeking care, although some facilities and systems have been stressed in some localities.

[http://www.who.int/csr/disease/swineflu/frequently_asked_questions/levels_pandemic_alert/en/index.html]

From the above, I believe phase 6 is where Mauritius stands too. There is 5 confirmed cases of deaths due to Swine Flu and another 4o confirmed cases of la Grippe A.  But medics say these do not reflect the real number… they have estimated (not confirmed) that there are around 25 000 cases of Swine Flu in MRU.

Hence, schools were closed today. An abrupt decision for many, since the government has been rallying against the closing of schools for the past week though they did not put aside the idea. And yesterday afternoon, it was announced that due to the increasing rate of absenteeism in schools and propagation of the virus, primary, secondary and tertiary institutions will be closed today. However, teachers were to report to work so as to prepare notes and assign homework for students to work on during their forced holidays, which went on very smoothly. Several parents went to the different schools as from noon to pick up homework details for their wards. Also, it has been said, MCA with the collaboration of the MBC, will be conducting tv lessons for some specific subject during the week.

As usual, there has been many drama around the subject, specially due to the misbehaviour of the media, particularly the private  radios who instead of reassuring the population have been creating mayhem. Exaggerating each and every thing, bringing to light only flaws and failures, they added to the already mounting tension. They should resee their strategy I think. Bringing to light miseries of people is one great job, but in cases of calamities they should not dwell only on negativities but should on the other hand be encouraging and supportive and work towards sensitization to a better personal hygiene in the case of the Swine Flu.

And just to recapitulate, you should:

1. Wash you hands regularly

2. Cover you nose and mouth with a tissue paper when coughing. And throw it afterwards in a closed bin.

3.  Keep your space as clean and disinfected as possible.

4. Spend a minimum amount of time in crowded areas.

It does not hurt to repeat it once again. 🙂

So that’s it for the Swine Flu.

As for me, life has been ticking as usual… I am currently doing a master’s degree in Internet Technology and Web Development, which is proving to be mighty interesting (But I am right now in holidays due to the Swine Flu pandemic 😦 ). Well, I am actually working in the field of web development, an initiative for this particular choice.

And today totals 20 months…  🙂 🙂 🙂

And I feel on top of the world, though a little bit tired…

See you people. See you soon!!!

Bye

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Entry filed under: Day-to-Day, Mauritius.

Some rambling thoughts…

6 Comments Add your own

  • 1. krvn  |  August 21, 2009 at 10:37 pm

    As you said we should not panic. I went to the hospital the other day, there seems to be as much people getting infected there as being cured, coz it was such overcrowded.

    I think we should be better organized, act instead of reacting as always, prepare for next problems.

    One example would be separate groups in the hospitals. As we know it is the infants, old persons and persons with respiratory problems who are more at risk, thus, these people should be given priority.

    Cheers Kev good post!

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  • 3. morinn  |  August 22, 2009 at 8:15 am

    Glad that you blogged about it! Well it’s true that the media did not help in giving us a realistic picture of the evolution of the pandemic. I saw very few newspapers stretching on the precautionary measures, they were more inclined towards showing the death toll, which might be one of the reasons why the general public panicked!

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  • 4. rwishi  |  August 22, 2009 at 9:32 am

    Lol, maybe it’s just me but I thought that mauritius’ population was 1.2 million(1 million at a round figure) then how does 25,000 people count as a quarter of a population? 🙂

    but yeah, nice read.

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  • 5. Kevina  |  August 22, 2009 at 2:18 pm

    Oops yeah u r right….. Silly mistake frm me…

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