Poisoning admissions of black South Africans.

  • P. H. Joubert
  • Published 1990 in Journal of toxicology. Clinical toxicology


During the period 1981-1985, 1306 patients with acute poisoning were admitted to Ga-Rankuwa Hospital. Of these 60% were males and 40% females. The majority (80%) were children aged 10 years or less. Sixty patients (4.6%) died. Most poisonings were accidental and only 4.0% were due to deliberate self-poisoning. The most important causes of acute poisoning were kerosene (59%) and traditional medicines (15.8%). The major causes of mortality were traditional medicines responsible for 51.7% and kerosene responsible for 26.7% of the deaths that occurred. The prevention and treatment of kerosene poisoning and poisoning by traditional medicines merits high priority in the health care of the indigenous population of South Africa.

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@article{Joubert1990PoisoningAO, title={Poisoning admissions of black South Africans.}, author={P. H. Joubert}, journal={Journal of toxicology. Clinical toxicology}, year={1990}, volume={28 1}, pages={85-94} }