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Relief operation for the victims of food poisoning in Calumpit, all set
By: PPAO
Friday, 24 June 2011
CITY OF MALOLOS- The Provincial Governemnt of Bulacan headed by Gov. Wilhelmino M. Sy-Alvarado is all set to conduct a relief operation to the victims of food poisoning tomorrow, June 25 at 10 am in Meysulao Elementary School, Bgy. Meysulao, Calumpit.

Through the Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office (PSWDO), a total of 245 affected families will be given relief goods which include 148 victims who were hospitalized and 97 out patients.

According to the governor, the distribution of relief goods will help mitigate the burden of the victims caused by the said incident.

“Hindi nakapaghanapbuhay ng isang linggo ang mga pamilyang ito dahil sa pag-aalala sa kalagayan ng ibang miyembro ng pamilya na nalason, ang iba’y nagbabantay sa mga ospital ang iba nama’y sila mismo ang nalason kaya naapektuhan talaga yung kita ng pamilya”, said Alvarado.

The relief goods are composed of rice and groceries such as canned goods, noodles, powdered milk, sugar and coffee. Hospitalized victims will be given P2,000 worth of rice and groceries while the out patients will receive P1,000 worth of relief goods.

On the other hand, from the total of 192 rectal swabs that were collected and examined by the Regional Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit (RESU) of the Center for Health Development III (CHD III) on June 13, partial laboratory results showed 30 positive cases of Salmonella Serotype Weltevredeen Group E subgroups 03, 10 which could have possibly mixed with the spaghetti on the said birthday party.

Dra. Jocelyn Gomez of the Provincial Public Health Office (PPHO) said, “ang salmonella ay nakukuha mula sa dumi ng ibon o manok, posibleng ito ay natuyo at natangay ng hangin at humalo sa pagkain o sa mga ginamit na pangluto na nakakontamina sa spaghetti.”

However, the initial result of the water analysis showed no pathogens isolated from the water samples taken from the house, which some victims thought might have caused diarrhea and other symptoms.

Also, to avoid further contamination, the PPHO advised the Bulakenyos to be cautious and to put extra care when preparing their food. ###

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