The Department of Health 13 Center for Health Development (CHD- Caraga) revealed that the cause of death of an elementary student in Surigao del Norte was not attributable to the deworming pill Albendazole.
Dr. Jose Llacuna Jr., health director for Caraga, said the Philippine National Police’s Crime Laboratory, which conducted laboratory tests on the 9 year-old grade 4 student of the San Isidro Elementary School in Gigaquit, Surigao del Norte, who died last July 24 after taking the anthelmintic drug, released the results last week.
“Following the histopathological and toxicological examination, the result reveals that the patient died of natural death. Her death is not directly connected with the incidence of mass deworming,” he said.
Llacuna also said the batch of deworming medicines given to schoolchildren in Gigaquit town were found “free any of contaminant and passed the assessment.”
Describing the findings “conclusive”, the official hoped it can help allay public fears about the deworming campaign the health department is implementing with public elementary school students across the region.
“Now that the results clearing the deworming drug we hope the parents would confide in the good intentions of the deparment and continue to support our various health programs, especially mass deworming and immunization of children,” he said. By CLC