Tuesday, October 13, 2009

death toll

the heat of H1N1 seems to have died down a bit. I think the whole nation was pretty terrified by then. A strain of flu capable of transmitting through physical contact. I think the people responsible did a great job keeping the flu from blowing out into epidemic proportions.

However, there are things more terrifying than a strain of animal flu: the road. So far, there are only 77 fatalities recorded for H1N1 within a period of almost a year after it struck. I admit 77 is a big number, I'll give you that. In the recent Ops Sikap conducted during the Raya season, death has reached up to 210 deaths - within 2-3 weeks. This number easily overshadows the H1N1 death toll.

H1N1 suggests a death rate of 6.41 people every month - scary number!
Get this: this means that death rate on the road during Ops Sikap (2-3 weeks) is 70 people per week, 10 people daily. Which is really terrifying. H1N1's death toll has been made insignificant in comparison.

H1N1 is fatal to those who belong in the high risk population: children, seniors, pregnant women, diabetics, low immunities and those who have serious ilnesses. Other than that, your chances of hitting it are close to none. what about roadkill? Just about anyone has a chance - as long as you're on a road or a highway. Sometimes, it doesn't matter whether you are a careful driver or not. Some accidents happen because of someone else's recklessness.

What bothers the most is not many realize the danger they are going through while on the road. Some people fail to realize the amount of carnage that is bound to happen when two tonnes of steel collide. there are opinions that suggests that the disturbing death rate roots from our attitude on the road. I have no objections there. Some attribute the quality of vehicles (especially local brands, lacking safety features and such) and poor maintenance of the vehicle itself. All the opinions points out that ignorance is the leading cause of death. I wouldn't argue with that.

Some might say that death is fate and there is nothing we could do to stop them. I beg to differ. Yes, I know when its "time", its "time". No stopping that, I believe. I believe that we can decide how we would like to "go". I mean, if not then how did the phrase "mati dalam kekufuran/keimanan" exist in the first place? it clearly shows that some parts of fate can be changed, even death. death is inevitable. but how do we "go" is something we can change.

If the time should ever come, let it be because of fate. Not of ignorance.

Ignorance should be considered as a natural cause of things to happen, like fire and stuff. Because it comes naturally.


Rafahiah Haron said...

A very good article :)

My doctor said, actually H1N1 is not as dangerous as avian flu (for healthy ppl like us), but they didn't know that fact before.

I think i know what you mean, we can change the fate. If i'm not mistaken, it is about "Qada' and qadar". Qada = yang Allah telah tetapkan. Qadar = ketetapan yang boleh diusahakan atau diubah. SOmething like that, ustazah ajar waktu form3. Lupa.hihi.

"Berhati2 di jalan raya"

Aimi said...

huzen, this is my new blog:


google account messed up my blogger n gmail n i lost my old blog :(

Zen said...

yea, Avian flu caused quite a stir back then. Singapore was the first in the region to be struck by it, I think.

"Qada and Qadar"
We are always the master of our fate. When is somewhat difficult to decide. But "how", we always forget that.

hey, aimi.

i'll update. i hope they refine they system. I run into problems once in a while.