Over the next few months, and even years the Phillipines faces enormous challenges in rebuilding it’s infrastructure. Even more daunting it will have to rebuild it’s entire Public Health system.
“The corpses, however, are the least of the Philippines’ public health challenges. Despite public perceptions to the contrary, Thomas Kirsch, director of the center for refugee and disaster response at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, says bodies aren’t a considerable source of disease following natural disasters like typhoons. “They are only a source of infection if they already had an infectious disease such as cholera in their bodies,” he says.
More worrisome for public health are the disruptions in water, sanitation and sewage services, since these can contribute to contaminated water and environments that promote the spread of diarrheal diseases. And in conditions where water is scarce, these diarrheal conditions can be even more deadly, since they can lead to dehydration and even death.
Read more: The Philippines’ Next Challenge: Rebuilding Its Public Health http://healthland.time.com/2013/11/11/the-philippines-next-challenge-rebuilding-its-public-health/#ixzz2kymLW6Z3