Anthelmintics Caused Students To Become Dizzy

By | July 30, 2015


Almost 4000 students in the Zamboanga Peninsula, the Philippines

were rushed to the hospital after drinking Anthelmintics.


There symptoms includes dizziness and vomiting.


Department of Health said that this is due perhaps to the side

effects of the Anthelmintics drugs.


Anthelmintics or antihelminthics are drugs that expel parasitic

worms (helminths) and other internal parasites from the body by

either stunning or killing them and without causing significant

damage to the host.


Many Filipino children are at risk of parasitic worm infection.


Worm infections interfere with nutrient uptake; can lead to anemia,

undernourishment and impaired mental and physical development

and pose a serious threat to children’s health, education, and



Infected children are often too sick or tired to concentrate at

school, or to attend at all.


Mass deworming campaigns of Philippine Elementary school children

have been used both as a preventive as well as a treatment method for

helminthiasis which includes soil transmitted helminthiasis in



The Department of Health (DOH) said that they will investigate the

case but insisted that the anthelmintics drugs given to the

students are not expired.


The DOH said that what the students experienced may perhaps be due to

the Anthelmintics drugs side effects especially if the drugs were

administered when they are not full.


Most of the affected students were dextrosed and given pain reliever

to relieve their pain by health workers.


The Department of Health was conducting “goodbye bulate” operation

directed at elementary students when the unfortunate event happened.


According to the Department of Health, almost 100 students were

admitted to the hospital since yesterday.


The DOH further said that the Anthelmintics drugs administered

to the students are not expired. The Anthelmintics drugs will

expire in the year 2016.


Under Secretary of Health Vicente Belizario Jr. said that no health

worker in his right mind will be dispensing expired drugs.


It is advised that feeding should first be conducted before

conducting any deworming operation.


The Department of Health is conducting this deworming operation

because according to its data since 2006, 7 out of 10 Philippine

children have internal parasites in their body.


The Deworming operation of the DOH is conducted twice a year.

8 million Philippine children had been dewormed since yesterday

July 29, 2015.


The DOH next deworming operation is scheduled on January next year.

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