Health volunteers' field trip marred by diarrhoea

Health volunteers' field trip marred by diarrhoea

Health volunteers from Buri Ram, seated, at Kabin Buri Hospital in Prachin Buri  after suffering diarrhoea while returning home on Tuesday night, after a buffet lunch in Chon Buri. (Photo: Manit Sanubboon)
Health volunteers from Buri Ram, seated, at Kabin Buri Hospital in Prachin Buri after suffering diarrhoea while returning home on Tuesday night, after a buffet lunch in Chon Buri. (Photo: Manit Sanubboon)

PRACHIN BURI: About 50 health volunteers from Buri Ram province were admitted to Kabin Buri Hospital on Tuesday night after suffering diarrhoea while returning from a field trip to Chon Buri.

A total of 216 Or Sor Mor from Buri Ram's Khu Muang district were taken on six buses on a field trip to Chon Buri.

On the way back to Buri Ram early on Tuesday night, they made a unscheduled stop at a petrol station in Kabin Buri district because some of them urgently needed to go to the toilet.

More quickly followed with the same problem, bringing the number suffering diarrhoea to about 50. 

They were rushed to Kabin Buri Hospital about 9.40pm for treatment. A team of eight doctors and about 20 nurses were assigned to take care of them. 

They were given injections for diarrhoea and soon recovered, but were left weak, and were later able to continue their journey back to Buri Ram. 

Wanlop Prawatwong, the Kabin Buri district chief, said they had eaten a buffet lunch in Chon Buri before leaving on the return trip.

A  health volunteer who gave her name as Buathong said she began having stomach trouble about 1pm. Many others later developed the same symptoms. She was not sure about the cause, but thought it was food poisoning.


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