Most food poisoning victims discharged from hospitals – Pasig City official

Published July 4, 2019, 7:09 PM

by Francine Ciasico

By Jhon Aldrin Casinas

Most Marcos family loyalists who were rushed to various hospitals Wednesday after experiencing dizziness and vomiting were already discharged, a city official said.

Rescue team carries an old woman Wednesday afternoon, July 3, 2019, who was a victim of suspected food poisoning during an event at the Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig City. (KEVIN TRISTAN ESPIRITU / MANILA BULLETIN)
Members of the rescue team carry an old woman Wednesday afternoon, July 3, 2019, who was a victim of suspected food poisoning during an event at the Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig City. (KEVIN TRISTAN ESPIRITU / MANILA BULLETIN FILE PHOTO)

Pasig City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office acting chief Bryant Wong said 270 Marcos supporters were rushed to nine various hospitals in Metro Manila.

As of Thursday, there were seven patients that remain confined at Pasig City General Hospital, he said.

However, Wong clarified that their department still has to receive an update coming from the Medical City where some 70 individuals were brought to Wednesday afternoon.

Horacio Apuyan Jr, administrator of Pasig City General Hospital, said the seven patients were admitted due to dehydration and loose bowel movement.

Out of the seven, six were senior citizens and an adult, he said. They are already in stable condition.

In Rizal Medical Center, all of the 46 patients were already discharged by 10:40 p.m., Wednesday night.

“Some na dapat a-admittin, nag-cite sila na ayaw na nilang magpa-admit (Some of those who needed to be admitted declined),” said Dra. Maria Rica Lumague, Rizal Medical Center chief of professional medical staff.

Wong, on the other hand, said the organizers had shouldered the medical expenses of the patients.

“To make it clear, sinagot po ng organizer lahat ng bills ng ating mga patients. ‘Yun naman po ‘yung commitment nila(..the organizers shouldered the hospital bills of the patients. That was what they committed to),” he said.

Pasig City Police chief Colonel Rizalito Gapas said the incident is under investigation.

Donated by friends

The food packs distributed at the party of former first lady were donated by her friends, police said.

Case Investigator Police Senior Master Sergeant Rolando Ansemo Jr. told the Manila Bulletin in a phone interview that the food packs were donated by friends of the former first lady. The names of those who donated the food were not determined.

In a police report released by Eastern Police District on Thursday, 2000 pieces of packed lunch containing chicken adobo and hard-boiled egg with rice were allegedly donated by a certain Loida Hernandez.

Ansemo said they already talked to Hernandez and according to her, she only delivered the food packs at the venue.

Around 260 Marcos supporters, who attended the 90th birthday party of former first lady Imelda Marcos at Ynares Sports Center in Pasig City, vomited and experienced dizziness after eating chicken adobo with hard-boiled egg Wednesday.

Authorities said there were 2,500 people who attended the party, which continued despite of the emergency.

 
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