SARS: SPITTING IN PUBLIC TO BE BANNEDManila, April 30, 2003 -- The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) wouldn't want to be left behind when it comes to helping the public avoid catch the deadly pneumonia virus. Yesterday, MMDA Chairman Bayani Fernando urged local government units to immediately craft ordinances against spitting in public as a precaution against Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS). "We have come to a point where we have to seriously improve the hygiene and cleanliness in Metro Manila," he said. "We have to teach them kung paano mandiri, we have to tell them that spitting in public is very unhygienic," Fernando said. The MMDA chairman also convened a meeting of all health officials from 17 cities and municipalities in Metro Manila to discuss measures about containing the deadly virus. He said the prevailing SARS scare should prompt local officials to pass uniform ordinances to discourage the people from spitting as well as urinating in public. "Spitting is a disgusting practice," Fernando said. "Spitting saliva, phlegm, mucus or any other discharges in the streets, pedestrian walkways, passenger vehicles and even public toilets exposes people from grave health risks, and may help spread infectious diseases." Marikina City is the only locality in Metro Manila that has embarked on a serious campaign to stop spitting in public places. The law has been in place since Fernando was the city mayor.
Reported by: Sol Jose Vanzi
© Copyright, 2003
by PHILIPPINE HEADLINE NEWS ONLINE
All rights reserved
PHILIPPINE HEADLINE NEWS ONLINE [PHNO] WEBSITE