Wednesday, February 24, 2016

A Mosquito-borne Virus Has a Song

Zika has arrived in Jamaica and the island nation is fighting it in uniquely Caribbean style: with dancehall beats and air horns.
 
“All di people dem weh nuh want Zik V hol up yu han!” (All the people who don’t want Zik V, hold up your hands!) – the tune begins.
 
“We nuh want Zik V” has got to be the catchiest dancehall tune ever about a mosquito-borne virus:
 
Jamaica's latest public service announcement
 
The patois-heavy song calls for Jamaicans to “mash up all mosquito breeding site,” “go hard” on mosquitoes, and make sure there’s “no stagnant water in sight.”
 
Jamaica, which confirmed its first case of Zika late last month, struggles to keep mosquitoes under control, making it ripe territory for a wider outbreak of the virus.  

The Aedes aegypti mosquito (left) that carries Zika loves to breed in old tires, open water drums, and discarded tin cans – all commonplace items here. The wealth of breeding sites has led to other mosquito-borne illnesses such as chikungunya, dengue and yellow fever.
 
“We live in a tropical country and mosquitoes are always here. I don’t think we are vigilant enough… it’s a starting point for me to really communicate to Jamaican people that we really have to change our mindset,” said Michael Abrahams, who wrote “We nuh want Zik V” and stars in the music video.
 
Abrahams, who has a day job as an obstetrician and gynecologist, considers himself a sort of mosquito breeding site vigilante. He likes to talk about the many places that he’s found and destroyed breeding sites, from schools to hospitals to his own patio.
 
“If everyone had that kind of mindset it would help,” he said.
 
The song also gives a “shout out to pregnant ladies” to protect themselves. Although Jamaica has so far confirmed only one case of the Zika virus, the government is telling women to delay getting pregnant for the next six to 12 months because of a possible link between Zika infection in pregnant women and microcephaly.
 
The Jamaican government is playing Abrahams’ song as a public service announcement on radio, television, and in movie theaters.
 
On Wednesday afternoon, I attended the SPAD Toastmasters meeting – thanks to Area W2 Director Nicole Leong’s invitation. It was held in Block D at their Platinum Sentral office in Jalan Stesen Sentral 2 in KL Sentral.





















 




The club have now been given a new lease of life and I am glad I did my part to support SPAD Toastmasters.  

At their club meeting, I completed another CC#10 titled “Giving Up” and thus, this marked the completion of my 32nd Competent Communication manual.
 
Two Mondays ago, I managed to finally access my “Education Awards” page on the TI website and I discovered that one completed CC manual that wasn’t accounted for – was finally included in my thirty-two-CC tally. (Feeling grateful!)

2 comments:

Cosy Amar said...

CONGRATULATIONS! :)

Nish Jeff said...

Congrats Victor & thank you for the joining us and the support. We were very lucky to have you with us yesterday.