Last August 24, 2014, in the Philippine Panorama, a Sunday Magazine of the Manila Bulletin, there was this publication on santol seeds with the title of “Don’t Swallow Those Killer Seeds” written by Nestor Cuartero. I am happy to see the assist in my awareness advocacy which I started in 2001 when I was the Chairperson of the Department of Surgery of Ospital ng Maynila Medical Center. Dr. Willie Ong has been helping me in this advocacy too.
I called up Dr. Oni O’Connor, the Chief Resident of the Department of Surgery of Ospital ng Maynila Medical Center and asked him if there were still patients being operated on for intestinal perforations due to santol seed swallowing during the past 2 years in the hospital. I was happy when he said no more since 2012. Last patient operated on in the Department was in 2012. I reported this in one of my blogs in 2012. See https://rojosonmedicalclinic.wordpress.com/2012/09/26/another-patient-with-santol-seed-induced-intestinal-perforation-5th-in-my-registry-september-26-2012/
I will continue to create awareness every year on the danger of santol seed swallowing. Below is my usual poster.