Man dies of suffocation during anti-dengue fumigation drive PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 01 March 2013 11:31

Authorities are looking into the case of a barangay utility worker who conducted a fumigation as part of an anti dengue campaign in Tetuan that allegedly suffocated and killed a sick old man last Tuesday afternoon.

A police report identified the sick man who died after the fumigation as Eleazer Martinez y Torrefranca, 66, married, of Ortega, Tetuan.

Martinez reportedly passed out after he inhaled smoke from a fogging machine and was taken to a hospital where he expired while undergoing medication.

Police said that around 3:27 p.m., Felijardo Aurea y Samson, a barangay utility worker of Tetuan, was conducting fumigation at a residential area along Ortega St..

Before he proceeded to the house of Martinez, residents including the latter’s sister-in-law Yolanda Escabarte asked him (Aurea) not to include Martinez’ home in the fogging operation as he was sick and still undergoing medication due to complicated illness.

However, police said Aurea ignored the request and continued the fumigation inside the residence of Martinez.

Moments later, Martinez was seen going out of the house and obviously having difficulty in breathing.

Martinez walked away from his house but when he was some 30 meters away, he collapsed.

Relatives rushed him to the hospital where he expired few hours later.

Physicians said that Martinez died of cardio pulmonary arrest, defused accurate and myocardial infarction (MI) or heart attack.

Tetuan Police Station commander Chief Insp. Elmer Acuña disclosed that they were conducting thorough investigation and contemplating on filing charges against Aurea if evidences would show there was negligence on his part. – Dan Toribio Jr.