The Department of Health (DOH) is conducting a probe on the alleged food poisoning incident that led to the hospitalization of more than 70 people in Lake Sebu, South Cotabato.
“The DOH through the Center for Health Development Soccsksargen is working with local health officers to care for patients while the matter is investigated thoroughly,” the DOH said in a statement.
Authorities are still determining which of the dishes the residents ate might have caused the suspected food poisoning.
According to the Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office, at least 77 residents ate at a rally, then later suffered from vomiting, diarrhea, and stomach pains.
The DOH also advised the public and event organizers to always inspect any food that would be served, adding that food gets easily spoiled especially during hot weather.
“Follow food safety guidelines, including wearing of food-grade gloves, hair net, mouth covers; hand and utensil washing/sterilization; use of fresh produce; and avoiding the mixing of cooked and uncooked products. Store food in cool and dry places away from direct sunlight. As much as possible, keep food refrigerated until consumption,” the DOH said.
Individuals who experience any symptoms including stomach pains, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, or fever after consumption of a meal, must consult the nearest clinic or hospital, the DOH said.
Meanwhile, the local government in Lake Sebu gave assistance to the affected residents in the form of medicines and dextrose. Willie Casas