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Public Health Advisory

Department of Surgery

Ospital ng Maynila Medical Center

May 26,2003


BEWARE OF SANTOL SEEDS!

DO NOT SWALLOW THEM!

 

THEY CAN CAUSE PREMATURE DEATH!

THEY CAN OBSTRUCT AND PERFORATE THE INTESTINES!

OPERATION IS NEEDED FOR THE INTESTINAL OBSTRUCTION AND PERFORATION!

TO AVOID PREMATURE DEATH AND OPERATION, DO NOT SWALLOW SANTOL SEEDS!

 


Why this advisory and information?

It's the season of santol once again. Santol abound in the fruit stands.

Since 2001, the Department of Surgery Ospital ng Maynila Medical Center (OMMC Surgery) has been issuing advisories against swallowing santol seeds. In 2002, we still encountered patients being operated on for obstructions and perforations of the large intestines caused by swallowed santol seeds. Quite a number have died because of late presentation.

The same situation is being encountered in other hospitals. Our estimate is that there are about 200 patients throughout the country being operated for such a preventable condition.

We, the surgical staff of OMMC, feel the mortality and morbidity associated with santol seed swallowing have reached a magnitude to consider the practice of swallowing santol seeds a public health problem.

We feel this public health problem with its potential for premature death is totally preventable by simply NOT swallowing santol seeds.

Thus, this notice of concern and advisory.

For more information:

click here or consult at OMMC Outpatient Department, Room 10, Monday to Friday, 8-12 am.


OMMC Department of Surgery subscribes to the

HEALTHY URBAN POOR - HEALTH FOR ALL FILIPINOS MOVEMENT.



Health Advisory

Started August 6, 2001 with a publication in PDI (Dr. Castillo)

2002 - publication in PDI (Dr. Castillo) and Manila Bulletin (Dr. Jimmy Tan and Agriculture); Case Report in OMMC; email broadcast



Public Health Advisory

Department of Surgery

Ospital ng Maynila Medical Center

August 6, 2001


BEWARE OF SANTOL SEEDS!

DO NOT SWALLOW THEM!

 

THEY CAN CAUSE PREMATURE DEATH!

THEY CAN OBSTRUCT AND PERFORATE THE INTESTINES!

OPERATION IS NEEDED FOR THE INTESTINAL OBSTRUCTION AND PERFORATION!

TO AVOID PREMATURE DEATH AND OPERATION, DO NOT SWALLOW SANTOL SEEDS!

 


Why this advisory and information?

It's the season of santol. Santol abound in the fruit stands.

Recently, in Ospital ng Maynila Medical Center (OMMC), we have patients being operated on for obstructions and perforations of the large intestines caused by swallowed santol seeds. Quite a number have died because of late presentation. The same situation is being encountered in other hospitals.

We, the surgical staff of OMMC, feel the mortality and morbidity associated with santol seed swallowing have reached a magnitude to consider the practice of swallowing santol seeds a public health problem.

We feel this public health problem with its potential for premature death is totally preventable by simply NOT swallowing santol seeds.

Thus, this notice of concern and advisory.

 

For more information:

click here or consult at OMMC Outpatient Department, Room 10, Monday to Friday, 8-12 am.


OMMC Department of Surgery subscribes to the

HEALTHY URBAN POOR - HEALTH FOR ALL FILIPINOS MOVEMENT.


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