DoH to monitor Guimaras folk’s health for 5 yrs

October 16, 2006

By Blanche Rivera
Inquirer, Oct. 16, 2006

SOME 1,600 residents of Guimaras province, employed by Petron Corp. to clean up the island’s shores that were contaminated by the massive oil spill in August, will be undergoing regular medical tests for the next five years, a health official said.

The Department of Health (DoH) is designing a system to monitor the workers who were exposed to hydrogen sulfide, a highly toxic gas emitted by petroleum products, during the cleanup that started two months ago.

“There was an initial blood level determination among residents of the communities. We are now designing the system for prospective monitoring of the 1,600 samples taken from workers,” said Dr. Yolanda Oliveros, director of the DoH’s National Center for Disease Prevention and Control.

“We will monitor them for three to five years … to check biomarkers (a specific physical trait used to measure the progress of a condition) in the blood and the effects of their cleanup work,” she said.

Oliveros, who spoke at the launching of the National Implementation Plan for the reduction of Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) in Quezon City, said the effects of organic vapors like hydrogen sulfide may not be immediately seen.

(For the full story, click Guimarasnons’ health.)


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