Docs await lab result on soldiers' wounds-A A +A
Friday, September 6, 2013
MEDICAL officers are awaiting the laboratory result on the seven soldiers hit by the landmine explosion in Barangay Napnapan in Pantukan, Compostela Valley.
Lieutenant Victor Dato, orthopaedic surgeon at Camp Panacan Station Hospital, said the wounds were examined after a bacteria was found in one of the five soldiers also wounded in a blast in Agusan del Sur province.
It can be recalled that there were five soldiers wounded in a landmine blast in Kauswagan, Loreto town in Agusan del Sur on August 8. The soldiers were brought to Camp Panacan Station Hospital.
"(The) injury was minor pero habang binabantayan namin siya, we noticed that development of fever and signs of infections dun sa pasyente," Dato said during the Armed Forces of the Philippines/Philippine National Police press conference at the Task Force Davao (TFD) headquarters Thursday.
"Naisip ko baka the patient is experiencing sepsis. So, we transferred him to a hospital which could conduct further examination (through culture procedure) and operation to clean the wounds, at dun nga when we got the result, we found traces of bacteria sa shrapnel," he added.
Sepsis is a severe blood infection that could lead to an organ failure and death. The symptoms of sepsis are not caused by germs themselves.
The culture in microbiology is the propagation of microorganisms in growth medium. Any body tissue or fluid could be evaluated in the laboratory by using culture techniques to detect and identify infectious processes.
The bacteria found were called Enterobacter Cloacae and Streptococcus Agalacteiae, which Dato said, is commonly found in either human or animal intestine. He added that a rebel returnee confirmed to them that rebels put human feces or venoms in landmines.
"This proves that the NPA contaminate these landmines with human or animal feces. So, we conducted further examinations as to the wounds of the soldiers in the recent blast, whether the landmine used contain such bacteria," Dato said.
Dato said it will take one week before they would able to have the result of the culture. He added that the result on the medical examination for the seven soldiers is expected on Sunday.
Captain Severino T. David, spokesperson for the Eastern Mindanao Command (Eastmincom), on the other hand, said the soldiers are now safe, after they were given an antidote. He added that the families and friends of the wounded soldiers need not worry.
But the New People's Army (NPA) in Southern Mindanao Regional Command on Thursday vehemently denied contaminating its explosives with human feces and snake venom.
Rigoberto Sanchez, NPA Southern Mindanao regional command spokesperson, in his statement emailed to Sun.Star Davao, said the armed forces are only "inventing" stories out of nowhere.
But Major General Ariel B. Bernardo, commander of the Philippine Army's 10th Infantry Division, insisted they have the evidence that will prove that the NPA rebels have placed a human feces and venom to their landmines.
Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on September 06, 2013.