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Mother dies, 8 family members in critical condition over poisoning

 

In Lwengo, a family has been poisoned leaving mother dead and eight others hospitalised. (FILE PHOTO)

LWENGO- Police in Lwengo District are investigating circumstances under which a mother died of suspected poisoning.

Other eight family members are also in critical condition at Kyazanga Health Centre II .

According to Police preliminary investigations, Ms Saidat Kyohirwe, 39, a resident of Katuuro Village, died after taking millet drink (Bushera) she bought from a  neighbouring shop on Monday.

Mr Daraus Mutebi, the husband to the deceased said his wife bought Bushera to help them quench thirst while digging which she drank with the rest of the family members who were on the farm.

“Shortly after taking the millet drink, they started complaining of running stomach and vomiting, I rushed them to a nearby clinic that referred us to a general hospital, but she died shortly as we prepared to take her for further treatment,” Mutebi said.

According to Lameck Kigozi, the greater Masaka regional police spokesperson, the three others admitted in critical condition at Kyazanga healthy center are Lillian Nagasha, Beatrice Tushemerirwe, and Angel Ainembabazi.

Lwengo District Police Commander Donald Muhwezi said they will establish what exactly killed Kyohirwe after getting a postmortem report.

Kigozi added that scene of crime officers picked Bushera samples suspected to have been mixed with poison and took them to the laboratory to establish what could be the cause of the incident.

Dr Joseph Mutyogoma, the Lwengo District Health officer warned residents to desist from taking cold   drinks warning that if they are not well prepared can turn poisonous.

“If (Bushera) is prepared in dirty containers, it may easily turn poisonous, I urge people to stop taking substandard drinks,” Dr Mutyogoma said.

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