Food poisoning scare hits Zambo (6 downed in Suterville) PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 22 July 2015 10:51

by Bhong Simbajon

Six warehouse workers were rushed to the Zamboanga City Medical Center Monday night in what was suspected as a case of food poisoning, the fourth to register in the Philippines in a span of three weeks.

The workers complained of excessive stomach pain and vomiting.

Reports reaching RMN Zamboanga disclosed that shortly before 9 p.m., Monday, the victims were busy repacking imported sugar in a bodega at along Suterville when they decided to take their supper consisting of steamed rice, noodles, canned tuna which were mixed with some amount of imported sugar.

Minutes after eating the meal, the six workers experienced severe stomach pain, dizziness and vomiting. One of them fainted and lost consciousness.

Three of the six victims were identified as Norman Manuel, 24, Roderick Manuel,23, and Junibert Sanchez, 21, all of Barangay Talon-Talon.

In an interview with RMN Zamboanga, Juniebert Manuel said  they were not very sure of what caused the sudden illness, but as far as he can remember, the last thing they did was to eat supper then later on became sick, with symptoms of food poisoning.

Manuel said he himself almost fainted after vomitting three times just moments after eating the meal.

Reponding paramedics brought the six victims to ZCMC where they were rehydrated due to loss of fluids in their bodies after a series of vomiting.

Dr. Ayeesha Pingli, ZCMC Toxicologist, said they are still  examining the laboratory results and still unsure of the exact cause of what appeared as a food poisoning case.

Pingli said they cannot yet come up with definite conclusion as they are still coordinating with other health agencies that are experts on food poisoning.

National Food Authority (NFA) technical personnel also rushed to ZCMC Tuesday morning to examine the laboratory results of the victims to determine if the rice eaten by them were safe from contaminations.

The incident happened just within three weeks in which food poisoning cases downed almost 2,000 young people in Surigao and Agusan, provinces (Durian candies), eight in Quezon City (Macapuno) and 14 in Maguindanao (grilled fish and macaroni salad). — Bhong Simbajon/RMN News