ZAMBOANGA CITY: A number of students from the Zamboanga region were reported to have fallen ill on Wednesday after taking deworming medicines given by their schools as part of the government’s National School Deworming Day.
The Department of Health (DOH), targeting elementary students in 38,000 public schools across the country, launched the campaign.
In the town of Midsalip, one mother – Mecsjams Lariosa said three of her children and a niece were poisoned by the medicines given at their school. She said the government should conduct an investigation into the incident.
GMA News reported that 200 were brought to hospitals after taking the chewable deworming tablets while 24 were confined.
DOH assistant regional director Ruby Constantino, who was quoted in a DZBB tweet, said “they cannot determine the cause of the students’ stomach pains at this time.”
Butch Cabilan, Dumingag Municipal Administrator, issued a statement denying the report that students were poisoned after taking deworming pills.
Cabilan added that he received the information from co-employees and had asked the Municipal Health Officer and the police chief to verify the reports.
“All were negative and false info. I have coordinated with the District Official of DepEd to conduct a separate inquiry. The same reported negative,” he said.
Margosatubig Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council announced that around 40 students were rushed to the local hospital after taking deworming pills.