23 November 2012

Uganda: Poisonous Yams Kill Three, Seven Admitted

Three children from one family have died and seven others are admitted at Hoima Referral hospital after eating the poisonous wild yams.

The dead are, Tupasi Berocan 1, Joseph Ogenyi 3 and Okello Mungu Komakech.

The three are sons of Gilbert Edungu of Nyamasoga village in Biiso Sub County, in Buliisa district. Edungu and his father silver Owonda are among the seven people who are admitted.

Akayeni Obedi, the mother of the children who didn't eat the yams is taking care of her father in law, husband and children at the hospital.

Ogenyi died on Tuesday night after they were served with the poisonous wild yams as supper.

The police that ferried the nine people to Hoima hospital in critical on Wednesday confirmed that Tupesi died on the way to the hospital while Komakech died at the hospital.

The Hoima hospital principal administrator, Salim Kivenjinja confirmed that Okello died after his condition worsened upon admission at the hospital.

He also confirmed that the poisonous yams killed the three children, adding that they received information from the family that three people died in the same family after eating the same yams a few years ago.

Kivejinja said the seven family members who are still admitted include children and adults. He explained that the condition of those admitted is improving.

The Buliisa district police commander, Dauda Hiriga said the wild yams that killed the three children was brought to the family by their son in law Francis Opira who resides in the same area.

Hiriga explained that Opira who gave the yams to the family had been arrested. The district police boss said Opira who has been from Biiso police station to Buliisa central police station is being interrogated, with the view of establishing if he had the intention of killing the family.

"We are trying to find out if he (Opira) had a sinister motive in giving the yams to the family because he didn't eat when they were served," Hiriga said.

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