BZU Celebrates International Poison Prevention Week

The Faculty of Pharmacy, Nursing and Health professions at Birzeit University participated in the International Poisoning Prevention Week. Students from the Faculty organized “A Poison Prevention Day” on March 21st,, 2016, to highlight the dangers of poisonings for people of all ages and to promote community involvement in poisoning prevention on a local and national level.

Awareness campaigns and other educational activities were organized to underscore the importance of learning how to prevent poisoning's serious health effects.

One of the event's organizers Dina Daher said: "The lack of information and education often results in people ignoring or neglecting simple measure that could help to prevent the toxic effects of chemicals. The Palestinian Poison Control and Drug Information Center (PCDIC) in Nablus diagnosed a large number of poisoning cases result from carelessness, negligence and ignorance, all of which could be avoidable".

"As graduates and future nutritionists", Daher continued, " It is our responsibility to highlight the dangers of poisonings, the steps that you can take to help prevent accidental poisonings and tips for promoting community involvement in poison prevention- We need to be vibrant contributors to the wellbeing of our society.”

The Palestinian poison control and drug information center (PCDIC) was established in 2006 to provide up-to-date information regarding medications and help in the early diagnosis and management of poisoning cases.