Doctors concerned by ‘food poisoning’ cases in NBGS
AUTHOR: Aquilina Adhel | PUBLISHED: May 9, 2023
Sun dried fish at a market in South Sudan | Credit | Courtesy
Health authorities in Northern Bahr el Ghazal have raised concerns after another family lost four children to suspected food poisoning.
Two children died and three adults hospitalized shortly after eating “well-cooked” food in Alok area, according to doctors.
Wol Wol, medical doctor at Aweil Civil Hospital, said the four children and their mother had spent four days before taking the tree leaves that later poisoned them.
On the same day, another family in Maualkon, Aweil East, suffered a food poisoning, according to doctors.
“On Friday, the family ate dried fish as supper; and then on Saturday afternoon, the children started fainting, followed by the father,” Dr Philip Chuor, medical doctor at Malualkon Hospital, told Akol Yam FM.
Three siblings – two boys aged eight and 13 and their 16-year-old sister died on the spot after eating dried fish meal. Three hours later, a 19-year-old boy succumbed to the reported poisoning at the hospital.
“We sent the ambulance to bring us the patients. But upon arrival, three children were already dead. A boy of 19 years with his father were rushed to Malualkon hospital, where the teenager passed away hours later,” said Dr. Riing Yak, Aweil East County health director.
He added that samples have been sent to Juba for examination.