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Chest pains, skin diseases top Guimaras concerns

September 5, 2006

RESPIRATORY illnesses and skin irritations are among the top concerns of doctors who were sent to treat health problems that caused by the oil spill from the sunken M/T Solar 1 in Guimaras, the National Disaster Coordinating Council said Tuesday.

“Karaniwan ang mga complaint nila ay respiratory illnesses, about 280 [patients], cough and fever, runny nose, ganyan, mga dermatitis, mga skin irritation mga 43 (Most of the complaints were about respiratory illnesses like cough, fever, runny nose, dermatitis and skin irritation),” NDCC executive director Glenn Rabonza told a DZMM interview.

He said that doctors from the Department of Health have so far treated 647 patients.

Rabonza said DOH has sent more doctors to the island to attend to sick villagers and to prevent an epidemic from spreading among evacuees.

He denied that the reported death of a two-year-old boy was caused by the oil spill. He said that the boy’s asthma was aggravated but not caused by fumes from the sludge.

“[The boy] had asthma [before the oil spill],” Rabonza said.

(For the full story, click Chest pains, Sept. 5, 2006.)

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