Why Filipino Health Workers Should Undergo Poison Management Training ~ Kwentology


As the number of food poisoning cases keep on increasing, the Department of Health (DoH) -MIMAROPA (Oriental / Occidental Mindoro, Marinduque, Romblon, Palawan) led the three-day training of Poison Acute Management for health workers in the region.
Image of The expired candies that sent these school children causes food poisoning.
“The early recognition and management of these patients will minimize the morbidity and mortality related to poisoning,” as Janairo said.
According to Regional Director Eduardo C. Janairo, the first batch of trainees, which include Palawan health workers have finished training in Puerto Princesa City, Palawan last August 18-20. Janairo's purpose for that training is to increase the ability of emergency medical doctors, nurses and municipal health officer of MIMAROPA on responding against food poisoning cases so that they can give the appropriate remedy to the victims.

Causes of Food Poisoning

Based on the record of the UP-PGH National Poison Management and Control Center (NPMCC), the leading causes of poisoning is when a victim was exposed to;
  • alcohol
  • kerosene
  • methamphetamine
  • sodium hypochlorite
  • and household pesticides.
New toxicants also were added on the list are;
  • dancing firecrackers or Watusi.
  • and jatropha seed or tuba-tuba.
Alcoholic booze remains in the top 5 toxicants.

60 percent of cases are non-accidental poisoning, like suicide attempts and substance abuse, while 35 percent comes from food and accidental exposures of children in the household chemicals and therapeutic agents.

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