By Moses ALinda
PAKWACH: Police in Pakwach are investigating circumstances under which eight people died of suspected food poisoning in the sub counties of Pakwach, Panyimur and Alwi.
According to Angucia Josephine, the West Nile Police Spokesperson, the recent incident occurred over the weekend where Omakrwoth Alex 14, died on spot while other six were rushed for treatment at Panyigoro health centre 3 in Pakwach Sub County.
The victims ate food of cassava bread with pork which was prepared in the home of Mr Onen Ocoun Alibera 43, resident of Jupameri village, Atiak Parish, Pakwach Sub County, Pakwach district.
After eating, they developed stomach problems and headache.
Angucia also told ugreports.com on 09th September 2022 at around mid-day, three people died of suspected food poisoning and nine were rushed for treatment at Panyimur Health Centre 4 in Panyimur Subcounty.
She has identified the deceased as Opio Jacob 10, Akello Susan 6, Rwothomio Chris 6.
According to police, they ate food of cassava bread with beans which was prepared in the home of Mr Okello Emmanuel in Kiyaya West village, Boro Parish, Panyimur Sub county, Pakwach district. After eating, they started developing stomach complications and headaches.
On 08th September 2022 between 2 to 3 pm, 4 people died of suspected food poisoning and 10 rushed for treatment in Alwi Health Centre 3 in Alwi Sub County as others were rushed to Angal Hospital in Nebbi district for further treatment.
The deceased were Afoyorwoth Evelyn 5 y, Micpamungu Gracious 7, Munguromo 12, Rwothomio Reagan 6.
They ate cassava bread with locally slaughtered sick goat’s meat which was prepared in the home of one Akumu Janet between 2 to 3 pm in Pajao East village, Ayila parish, Alwi Sub County in Pakwach district. After eating, they suffered from headache and stomach upset.
On 14th August 2022 at around 5pm, 19 people were rushed to Panyimur Health Centre 3 for treatment after having suspected to have eaten food comprising of Cassava bread with meat, fish, and beans after Baptism Ceremony at Kabim church of Uganda in Boro central west village, Boro parish, Panyimur Subcounty, Pakwach district. After eating food, the victims started developing headache, stomach upset and vomiting before being rushed for treatment.
Angucia says that in all these incidences police acted by visiting and documenting the scene of incidences, picked the remains of food items eaten and exhibited them, rushed the sick ones for treatment and conveyed the dead bodies to Nebbi hospital and Pakwach health centre 4 Mortuaries for postmortem.
She asserts that samples were extracted from the bodies and forwarded together with the remains of the food items eaten to the Government Analytical Laboratory(GAL) and Forensic Services Directorate, Police Headquarters, Kampala for examination and analysis.
Results are expected anytime from Tuesday 13th September 2022 to assist with investigations. Inquiries continue into this under Pakwach DEF 07/2022, DEF 06/2022, DEF 05/2022, and GEF 03/2022.
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