By ERWIN MASCARIÑAS
OVER 40 people were rushed to a hospital in Agusan del Sur after they ate noodles distributed during a campaign activity of a candidate for barangay chairman.
According to the provincial health office, at least 42 people were rushed to the Democrito O. Plaza Memorial Hospital in Patin-ay, Prosperidad, Agusan del Sur, due to food poisoning.
The food they ate were distributed during a campaign in Barangay Tagapua, San Francisco town in Agusan del Sur, on Saturday.
The Department of Health in Caraga has expressed concern, and is assisting in the investigation.
The victims complained of dizziness and stomach pain after eating pancit given during the campaign of Ireneo Cale, a candidate for barangay chairman.
Dr. Shane Mae Falcon said all the patients, including 21 children, suffered from bacterial food-borne intoxication and dehydration.
Dr. Dioharra Aparri, regional epidemiology and surveillance unit head of DOH, said the investigation is ongoing.
“We have yet to receive the complete surveillance report from the Provincial Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit. The investigation and verification at the local level are still ongoing,” said Aparri.
The DOH pointed out that while the investigation is still ongoing, several human resource personnel under the regional DOH office are on the ground assisting the provincial team.
The family of Cale has issued a public apology and announced that they would shoulder the medical expenses of those who were hospitalized.