A Vergenoegen, West Coast Demerara
(WCD) family is calling for an investigation after a relative collapsed
in her bathroom after taking the filaria pills. She subsequently died on
her way to the hospital on Thursday morning.
Dead is 55-year-old Chanmoonie “Vida” Rampaul of Shirax Gas Station Street, Vergenoegen, West Coast Demerara (WCD).
Based on the information provided, the elderly woman was visited during
the national Lymphatic Filariasis Elimination Campaign and was provided
with nine tablets by health workers.
A relative, who contacted this newspaper, indicated that shortly after
taking the prescribed dosage, Rampaul complained of feeling unwell,
experiencing headaches and stomach pain. He said that the woman went and
rested but on Thursday morning at about 05:00h, she collapsed in her
bathroom. She was immediately rushed to the West Demerara Regional
Hospital (WRDH) but died en route.
“The individuals visited her home, gave her nine tablets and provided
water to her for her to take the tablets right in front of them. About
an hour after taking the tablets, she started feeling drowsy and some
other symptoms developed. It prolonged and it got worse. Yesterday
morning (Thursday), she went to take a shower and collapsed in the
bathroom. They got a vehicle and were on their way to the hospital in
Vreed-en-Hoop but on her way to the hospital, she passed away,” he
This is the second woman to have died due to the alleged ingestion of
the pills. On Friday, 57-year-old Domattie Mannie, also called “Sister”,
of Richmond Housing Scheme, Essequibo Coast, Region Two
(Pomeroon-Supenaam), collapsed and later died after allegedly drinking
The woman’s daughter, Jeevanie, explained that her mother was scheduled
to do an eye surgery at the end of this month. She stated that her
mother was resting at home when three females showed up claiming to be
workers attached to the Health Ministry and as such, requested that she
take the tablets in their presence.
Although the woman reportedly told them that she is diabetic, they
insisted that she consume the nine tablets. According to the daughter,
her mother was forced to drink the tablets on Sunday at about 11:30h,
after which she collapsed. She died on Thursday morning at about 04:00h.
This story is comparable to a case back in October 2018, where a
diabetic patient, Patricia Nurse, ingested the pills and spent one week
in a medical facility before succumbing.
“She spent like one week in the hospital and then she passed away,” her daughter, Aretha Meusa explained.
It was stated during the launch that Guyanese will be given three types
of tablets; Ivermectin, Diethylcarbamazine (DEC) and Albendazole. The
combination of pills is referred to as the IDA. Side effects of the drug
are said to include: headaches, dizziness, muscle pain, nausea,
diarrhoea, swelling of hands, ankles or feet, swelling or tenderness of
lymph nodes and/or itching.
Filariasis is a parasitic disease caused by an infection with roundworms
of the Filarioidea type. These are spread by blood-feeding Diptera such
as black flies and mosquitoes.