Family of eight poisoned, one dead


An eight-year-old child has been confirmed dead and seven others admitted in a critical condition after they were reportedly poisoned.

The deceased was identified as Karim Wesonga, eight, a grandson of the head of the home, Ms Rukia Kagoya.
The seven include Rukia Kagoya, Swaiba Masaaka, seven, Bilal Wesonga, Shakira Nakato, Sharifa Babirye, Majid Dhifasi and Abas Waiswa.

They were first admitted to Kiyunga Health Centre IV, which serves as the main Luuka District hospital, before being referred to Iganga Hospital.

The signs set in
The family members are said to have started feeling abdominal pains and vomiting after eating suspected poisoned bread last Sunday evening. The loaf of bread was delivered to the family by an unidentified boda boda cyclist.
Ms Kagoya said the cyclist who delivered the merchandise which included a kilogramme of sugar claimed to have been sent by one of the family’s relatives in Iganga Town.

The deadly package
“The items were in a polythene bag. When he handed them over to me he claimed that he had been sent by one of our relatives in Iganga as our Christmas package,” Ms Kagoya told Daily Monitor from her hospital bed in Iganga early this week. She said she immediately prepared tea and served the children with the bread, but no sooner had they finished than they started vomiting and complaining of abdominal pains. A medical officer at Iganga Hospital, Mr Constant Ochwo, confirmed that the family had been poisoned.

SOURCE: Daily Monitor