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WFP resumes food distribution to malnourished mothers, children in Karamoja

World Food Programme (WFP) resumed the distribution of a fortified food, Super Cereal, in Karamoja amid food poisoning claims (WFP PHOTO)

KARAMOJA – The World Food Program (WFP) of the United Nations has resumed the distribution of flour to the malnourished mothers and children in Karamoja Sub-region

Mr. Mohamed Satti, the head of UN WFP program Karamoja field office confirmed that they have resumed distributing another consignment of the porridge flour, assuring the consumers that this is different from what caused problems to the people in the region recently.

He said the Super Cereals plus-plus (CSB++) porridge flour under distribution was cleared by Uganda’s Ministry of Health.

“What we are distributing right now is Super Cereals plus-plus (CSB++) packed in 1.5 kilograms and it was cleared by the ministry of health here in Uganda,” he said adding that “it’s different from Super Cereals plus blended which was packed in 25 kilograms and caused problems to People.”

Last month, WFP, the lead agency in fighting hunger in the famine-prone areas suspended the distribution of all nutritious porridge flour in the region after it emerged that their Super Cereal flour was poisonous.

This came after some of the 120 families that prepared porridge from the flour, developed health complications and were admitted to Alakas Health Centre II in Amudat District, with various symptoms including high fever and mental confusion. Similar cases were also reported in Napak District.

Previously four people died as a result of this, which forced the agency to suspend food distribution in the region until a joint investigation force including officials from WFP, police, and Ministry of Health was instituted to probe the possible food poisoning, but the outcomes are yet to be revealed.

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