Mayor Alfredo Marañon III, for his part, said that the hospitalization fees and medication needs of the patients have already been paid by the city government. Food packs will also be distributed to them. (With a report from PNA/PN) As a Good Friday tradition, Sagay City residentsusually serve linugaw while observingfasting. Afuang added yesterday that the patientswere already discharged from the hospitals. BACOLOD City – For eating linugaw with intoxicating yam or locally known as kayos, around 80 persons from three villages in Sagay City, Negros Occidental were rushed to two hospitals. The CDRRMO brought the affectedresidents of barangays Lopez Jaena, Rizal and Poblacion 2, who complained ofstomach pains, nausea and vomiting, to the Alfredo E. Marañon Sr. MemorialDistrict Hospital (AEMSMDH) and the Lopez District Farmers Hospital, Inc. onApril 10. Wally Afuang, head of Sagay’s CityDisaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (CDRRMO), said that their rescueteam ferried 61 patients while the rest were assisted by village officials. Health personnel of the Alfredo E. Marañon Sr. Memorial District Hospital in Sagay City, Negros Occidental attend patients who fell ill after eating linugaw, which contained intoxicating yam on April 10. SAGAY CDRRMO Dr. Cyrille Adraneda, attendingphysician at the AEMSMDH, said that intoxicating yamcontains cyanide, according to the University of the Philippines-PhilippineGeneral Hospital National Poison Management and Control Center. Cyanide is a natural toxin found in somefood plants. Toxic substances, when not processed properly, can bring harm tohuman health and cause food poisoning. According to Afuang, a resident from oneof the villages harvested intoxicating yam and shared it to his relatives to beused as an ingredient in making linugaw.