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Earthquake in Nepal (54) Poisoning with "antiseptic hand wash"

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I am sending this message just to communicate one incident, when one elder man was brought in emergency with alleged poisoning with "antiseptic hand wash" distributed by relief team. He drank the solution because he thought it was "juice". Although the situation was not serious at all and the person was sent back with few antacid, it shows how things may go wrong if we send goods or even medicine without proper situation analysis.

Day before yesterday Minister of finance in his press meet specifically asked donors stop sending myoniose [*mayonnaise - see note below] which no one eat in villages.

[*Note from HIFA moderator (Neil PW): I googled this and found the following:
"We have received things like tuna fish and mayonnaise. What good are those things for us? We need grains, salt and sugar," Finance Minister Ram Sharan Mahat told reporters Friday.  ]

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Sunday, May 3, 2015
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Shishir Dahal
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HIFA profile: Shishir Dahal is a senior medical officer for Ministry of Health Nepal in Rolpa District Hospital. shishir15 AT


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