Not a fire, but a fumigation to kill mosquitoes. I saw the fumigation going on early this morning as I was on my way to work. The fumes exude a horrible smell if you have the misfortune of being near the smoke.
But the inconvenience is a small price to pay. Boon Lay, which is near the area where I am staying, is currently listed as a hotspot for Dengue. And this is quite alarming to me.
About 13 years ago, I had the dengue fever. I remember being hospitalised for it. My temperature shot up to above 40 degree celcius. Thankfully, I got better afterwards.
But when you think about it, the impact diseases such as dengue, SARS, foot and mouth diseases could have been lowered. People need to exercise more social awareness and personal hygine.
I dont believe that people are so oblivious towards it, its just that many of us are indifferent.
For example people feeding pigeons outside of their homes. These animals are scavengers and know how to find their own food without us. These people think that they are being kind to these animals. But the reality is, the more they feed these animals, the more they will breed. Eventually residents will complain about the bird droppings and the noise. In the end, these animals will be culled.
Having personally seen pigeons being poisoned, drugged, unable to fly away, drop off from their perch and then swept into a basket, their eyes blinking, dying a slow death was one of the saddest things that I’ve seen.
Now that the bird flu is striking again, I’m really concerned. If people wont learn from their past mistakes, it will be very difficult future for all of us.