CHO checks food poisoning report in Suterville PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 22 July 2015 10:47

City Health Office is conducting a thorough probe on the reported food poisoning incident in Suterville in barangay San Jose Gusu.

Six persons—all workers in a warehouse engaged in sugar distributorship, were admitted at the Zamboanga City Medical Center Monday night due to excessive vomiting and dizziness.

As of noontime Tuesday, City Health Officer Rodel Agbulos said the patients were in stable condition and had no more signs of poisoning. He said water samples were taken to test for e-coli which is suspected to be the cause of vomiting.

The patients claimed they consumed sardines, noodles and rice for dinner after which they felt dizzy and started vomiting. It was also learned that due to the power interruption, the rice was cooked using water from a bucket that could have been earlier used for other sanitary chores, according to Agbulos.

“We are entertaining the possibility of contamination in rice as they might have used non-potable water from the pail, based on their testimonies,” the City Health Officer said.

For now the CHO is closely coordinating with the Department of Health and other agencies to determine the real cause of the contamination.

Agbulos advised other workers in the warehouse to check on t he source of water before taking it. — Sheila Covarrubias