Two children were confirmed dead and 11 others were hospitalized in Kenya after eating a popular dish known as githeri. The food had been prepared by their grandmother. The family hails from the western part of Kenya, Kakamega County, Matete village. They faced this unexpected grief on a Sunday morning, a situation that has left many tongue-tied.
Information from the family states that one of the children died on the spot, while the other was pronounced dead after arriving at the hospital. The other eleven children were saved after getting attended to and treated in a timely manner, but they are yet to be discharged.
According to reports from family members, the children were invited by their grandmother for breakfast, where they all ate the githeri together with their grandmother, before preparing to go to church. Their grandmother even instructed them to feel free to add some more in case they still felt hungry.
The doctor’s report from Webuye Referral Hospital's casualty unit states that the 12 children were admitted while suffering from intense stomach aches and heavy vomiting when one of them succumbed to internal infections. Doctor Rainne Juma said the children that were admitted to the hospital were ages 1 to 10. He further stated that, after proper treatment and medication, the 11 children were out of danger.
The situation raised an alarm, and police from Kakamega County have started a thorough investigation of the ordeal to determine the exact cause of the situation that took the lives of two young people and left 11 others at stake.
Meanwhile, a political leader from the region, Mrs. Catherine Wambilianga, has come out to claim that such incidents have been rampant in the region and could be caused by the hunger that has hit the region.
Wambilianga went ahead to urge the government to supply relief food evenly in the region and the whole nation at large in order to stop the citizens from eating uncertified foodstuff that causes food poisoning that could lead to the loss of many lives across the whole country.
The bodies of the deceased have been transferred to Webuye Referral Mortuary and are awaiting postmortem.
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