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80 Wedding Guests Hospitalized After Alleged Food Poisoning in Maguindanao del Sur

Food Poisoning

About 80 guests, mostly from the Teduray indigenous community, were rushed to the hospital after experiencing stomach pains, vomiting, and dizziness following the consumption of coconut milk chicken curry (ginataang manok) at a wedding in Sitio Fanang, Barangay Pandan, South Upi, Maguindanao del Sur on Thursday.

Here are some details from the report of The Philippine Star.

Swift Emergency Response

Dr. Mohammad Ariff Baguindali, head of the Integrated Provincial Health Office of Maguindanao, reported that rescue teams and health officials from the Rural Health Unit (RHU) Hospital in South Upi, Maguindanao del Sur, and Datu Blah Sinsuat District Hospital in Upi, Maguindanao del Norte, responded swiftly to the scene. They attended to individuals suspected of food poisoning following the wedding ceremony.

Due to limited space, the RHU in South Upi treated many patients outside the facility. RHU South Upi received 65 patients, including children, while Datu Blah Sinsuat Hospital treated 15 others. Local officials in South Upi requested additional medical support from the Maguindanao del Sur Integrated Provincial Health Office and the Bangsamoro Health Ministry to handle the sudden influx of patients.

Suspected Cause: Spoiled Food

According to the report received by South Upi Mayor Reynalbert Insular, many wedding guests experienced stomach discomfort and vomiting after consuming the coconut milk chicken curry served at the wedding feast. Authorities suspect that the hot weather may have caused the food to spoil, leading to the adverse reactions among the guests.

Local authorities are investigating the incident to confirm the exact cause of the food poisoning and to ensure the safety of other residents. They are also working to provide continued support for the affected individuals and to prevent similar incidents in the future.

Authorities have urged residents to exercise caution when preparing and consuming food during the hot season, as improper storage can lead to food spoilage and potential health risks.

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