The advancement of technology has made life really simple. One can get details about a particular location just at the click of a button. This can be easily done by using various internet search engines such as http://healthmap.org. A person just has to input his/her details in the appropriate dialogue boxes on the website then the gathered information can be used to compute the desired location in relation to the given details. However, as easy as it seems, there are quite a number of steps involved in order to get the details of one’s desired location and this paper explains how one does so.
First, one needs to give his/her first name. In this case I will use the first name Y. The first name can be applicable when there are no articles beginning with the first letter of one’s last name. Alternatively, one can use the name of a disease from a location whose name begins with a letter close to the person’s name.
In Yunnan province, it has been identified that some of the listed diseases as observed in this area that affect people in this area include hand, Mouth and foot disease -also known as HFMD-, influenza and cold.
Human Foot and Mouth Disease had spread among many people in Yunnan Province had. Its rate of spreading was very fast thus needed to be contained within normal range as fast as possible. Eventually, it was contained, but it had already infected many children, there being around forty cases within such a short period.
According to the Asia-Pacific Journal of Public Health, China, 2008-2010, retrieved from:
http://aph.sagepub.com/content/early/2011/12/08/1010539511430523.abstract, the disease’s fatality rate was 0.04% and it was demonstrated that most of these cases occurred in very young children. Poor families were greatly affected by this and many children were lost.
Hand, mouth and foot disease is a syndrome in human caused by intestinal viruses belonging to the picornaviridae family. It is highly contagious and mostly affects young children. Its symptoms include: Fever, Sore throat, Malaise, fatigue, Loss of appetite, Diarrhoea, Irritability in toddlers and infants. There is no specified treatment for Human Foot and Mouth Disease because it is viral and must complete its course but individual symptoms can be eased by the use of analgesics. One can also reduce fevers is taking lukewarm baths. In adults and adolescents the disease is mild and usually lasts for one week.
The mission to reduce the rate of infection of HFMD has been challenging because of certain problems faced by health organisations. One of them being they strain to offer services to patients because of inadequate facilities. This shows that the government has not offered enough facilities to contain this disease.
Health officials also respond slowly to help those affected by the disease. This is attributed by appointment of unqualified or inexperienced health officials who take long to develop strategies to contain the disease. To solve this problem, the government must ensure that only qualified medical practitioners are allowed to treat patients and that their documents should be properly authenticated by neutral government officers.
The cost of treatment of the disease is high. Therefore, not all infected patients can be treated since some of them cannot bear the cost. Only the rich and powerful in the society are able to get treatment in time hence leaving other poor people to die. To solve this problem, the government can subsidise the treatment costs of this disease so that even those in the suburbs can receive the treatment they deserve.
As explained above, HFMD is a dangerous disease which has claimed many lives and since it cannot be cured, it can only be prevented. The government should be the first in line to do this because it is its responsibility to take care of its country’s citizens because it is clear that a healthy nation contributes to a healthy economy.
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