UAE | Health

No antidote available for ‘aluminium phosphide’ poisoning

Agricultural pesticide common poisoning agent

  • By Aghaddir Ali, Staff Reporter
  • Published: 21:00 July 4, 2013
  • Gulf News

Sharjah: There is no antidote for poisoning from aluminium phosphide, an agricultural pesticide, according to a senior doctor from Al Qasimi Hospital. In the first week of July, the aluminium phosphide from the illegal toxic pesticide called Phostoxin/P Hostoxin resulted in the death of an Iraqi girl from Sharjah.

The girl and the family were admitted to Al Qasimi Hospital.

One of the doctors handling the poisoning cases, Dr Khalid Khalfan Bin Sabt, paediatric surgery consultant and deputy technical director told Gulf News that aluminium phosphide is a cheap, effective and commonly used pesticide that is used to kill rodents and pests in grain storage facilities.

“It is produced in Iran, Pakistan and China. Two years ago Dubai banned the use of the product. Unfortunately, it is one of the most common causes of poisoning. The toxicity affects the cardiac and vascular tissues. After ingestion, toxic features usually develop within a few minutes. There is no antidote, only management towards treatment, which involves reducing poison levels in tissues and restoring circulation,” he said.

If severe inhalation occurs, the patient may develop acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS), heart failure, arrhythmias, convulsion and coma. Late manifestation include liver and kidney toxicities. Aluminium phosphide is more dangerous than the use of the narcotic substances, he added

Comments (2)

  1. Added 16:34 July 5, 2013

    authorities should consider disinfecting all the residential areas in a professional way ..... so that people wont dare to do these kind of things...

    rs, abudhabi, United Arab Emirates

  2. Added 10:36 July 5, 2013

    I wish that some strict laws are in place to control this illegal use of pesticides. I chose to live in UAE with my family for the safety and opportunities this country offers to its residents. Increasing incidents of pesticide poisoning scares me for it is the small children who are affected easily and most of the time they are victims of someone else' crime.

    Anand, Fujairah, United Arab Emirates

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