There are plenty of reports about children living in the province walking for miles and hours just to get education. However, in Manila, this kind of news is scarce – until now. An amazing student recently made the headlines when photos of him going to school went viral all over the internet.
But what really impressed everyone was the fact that he used a rowboat in order to brave the flood.
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Photos posted by the Philippine Star shows the child making his way to school using a boat. The boy reportedly lives at the Artex Compound in Panghulo Malabon. In the images, the young boy used a rowboat in order to get to school from his home. Since the surrounding area of his home has been flooded since the 90s, he uses this boat.
The Philippine Star also stated in their caption that “there have been a total of 368 cases and 52 [lives taken] from leptospirosis in Metro Manila from January 1 to July 3 which caused the declaration of outbreak in parts of Manila.”
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Since the Philippines is now currently experiencing the rainy season, the Department of Health (DOH) declared last month that there is an outbreak of the illness in Metro Manila.
Leptospirosis is a lethal illness which humans can get from the urine or fecal matter of sewer rats. Once the body waste of these creatures mix with the flood and goes inside open wounds, then the bacteria would easily spread all over one’s body.
According to an interview with Health Secretary Francisco Duque III by Inquirer:
“These are already considered outbreaks because they have already breached the epidemic threshold, which means that the cases reported now in these cities [Quezon City, Taguig, Pasig, Parañaque, Navotas, Mandaluyong, and Malabon] and barangays – as I have stated them one by one – they have already gone past the number or the average number for the last 5 years.”
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