Eight family members in hospital after eating poisonous cassava
25 March 2015, 12:16
Busia - A mother, her seven children and three guardians are admitted at Busia Referral hospital after allegedly eating poisonous cassava.
Speaking to News24 from her hospital bed, Celine Adhiambo said she prepared supper from cassava flour she bought from a neighbour at their Mudalira village home in Matayos sub-County on Sunday evening.
"I served the meal with beef and fish and after the meal, my youngest daughter, Claries Atieno, started vomiting before it spread to other children," Adhiambo narrated.
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Sebastian Opondo, a teacher of the children came to their rescue after receiving the news. He called for help from the nearby Matoyos dispensary which provided an ambulance that rushed them to the Busia county referral hospital.
The hospital medical superintendent, Dr Janerose Ambuchi said the mother and her children were in stable condition, adding that they were all admitted at the facility.
She added that they might be discharged on Tuesday depending on their condition. Dr Ambuchi said they are yet to establish whether the meal the victims consumed was poisonous.
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