DOH probes hazards of aerial spraying to workers

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / October 27) – The Department of Health has
conducted a study on the effects of chemicals used in aerial spraying
to workers of banana plantations in Davao, a move that was long
suggested by the antagonists in the controversial plan to abolish
aerial spraying in plantations in the city’s outskirts.

But Dr. Paulyn Jean P. Rosell-Ubial, DOH regional director for
Southeastern Mindanao told MindaNews Friday that the study was not in
any way prompted by the proposed ordinance in the City Council to ban
aerial spraying in agricultural plantations but “as part of the
services of the DOH”.

Ubial said however, that the study would be piloted in Davao and
manned by the environmental unit of the DOH regional office. The
department would establish surveillance systems for occupational
diseases such as those in banana plantations among workers in Davao
City. She said the study would be conducted with the DOH’s National
Epistemology Center in Manila.

The study would review the medical records of employees of all banana
firms in Southeastern Mindanao, based on their required annual medical
check up with company doctors. The DOH would rely on the data at the
Department of Labor and Employment (DoLE) as primary source of
information. (To be updated)


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One response to “DOH probes hazards of aerial spraying to workers”

  1. jisha says :

    when will that study be conducted?pls email me for your updates…
    I really am interested on the issue.thank you and more power!

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