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30 people in hospital after drinking poisoned milk

22 November 2015, 09:13

Nakuru - At least 30 people were Saturday evening  admitted at Olenguruone Sub-County Hospital in Nakuru after taking milk suspected to have been poisoned.

Olenguruone Sub -County hospital medical  officer in charge, Mr Stanley Koech who confirmed  the incident said that the victims comprising men, women and children had suffered food poisoning after taking the milk during preparations for a circumcision ceremony.

“We admitted about 30 people with a similar problem but so far we have discharged eight of them and the rest are recuperating in hospital," he said.

He told the News24 that the victims had attended the ceremony at Lelaitich village in Olenguruone division.

The ceremony organizer, Pastor Andrew Koske who was among the victims said that he started feeling abdominal pain, headache and also vomiting when he decided to visit the medical facility suspecting a Malaria infection. 

"I felt unwell and visited the facility only to be diagnosed with food poisoning," he said.

After his admission, several other victims who had taken the same milk were also admitted in the hospital. 

Koske said that he had bought the milk at Olenguruone town from a vendor believed to have come from Bomet County. 

Health authorities warned against consumption of uninspected foodstuff especially milk from vendors.

“People should desist from taking uninspected food, not just milk. They should buy such from specified dealers so as to avoid such mess," warned Mr Koech.

He also urged members from the community who are busy engaging in various ceremonies to mind their health as they conduct their activities.

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