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Poisoned relief food affects 7 family members

29 April 2013, 14:48 Alloys Musyoka

Seven members of one family escaped death narrowly at Kipao village in Tana Delta district after allegedly eating poisoned relief food at their home.

The seven are said to have eaten the food which is suspected to have been poisoned on Saturday night.

They were immediately rushed to Malindi district hospital by Red Cross officials where they are being admitted as they get treatment.

However, Red Cross officials have so far rubbished claims that the seven had eaten poisoned relief food.

According to Malindi Red Cross coordinator Hassan Musa, the poisoned food taken by the seven family members was not exactly relief food.

“It is not specifically relief food that they had taken but their own food and it seems that the food was poisoned. Experts are investigating what exactly happened so let's leave it to them and stop speculating,” he sad.

He said that the food poisoning affected the father, mother and their five children.

Musa said they were first given first Aid before they were rushed to hospital where they are doing well.

Malindi district hospital medical doctor in charge Hafsa Mohamed confirmed that the seven had consumed poisoned food adding that they were all out of danger.

She said that they are still being admitted and officers are trying to find out what type of substance was used to poison them.

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