The Star (Nairobi)

6 May 2014

Kenya: Over 40 Die in Various Parts of the Country From Illicit Alcohol

Photo: Reuben Githinji/The Star
Containers of the illicit brew.

Muchiri Juma one amongst 35 patients admitted at the Embu Level Five Hospital after drinking a brew which killed over 19 people at Shauri Yako Slum in Embu town between Monday and yesterday .Photo/Reuben Githinji

Two people have died in Murang'a after consuming an illicit brew.

The deceased persons were found dead at their homes in Kirere village in Kigumo constituency after reportedly consuming the substance in the market before heading home.

Murang'a county commissioner Kula Hache confirmed the incident.

This brings the number of deaths from alcohol in various parts of the country today to 44. Nineteen people were confirmed dead earlier today in Embu County after consuming illicit wine suspected to have been laced with poison. More than 50 people are also being treated at the Embu level 5 hospital after drinking the wine locally known as Gathuvuria (Small Sufuria). According to the hospital's superintendent Dr Gerald Nderitu By yesterday morning over 50 people had been taken to the hospital suffering from dizziness, stomach and headache and others brought to the hospital in a coma owing to the effect of the illicit brew.

In Kiambu, nine people have been confirmed dead by police including a father and his two sons after consuming an illicit brew in Kiambu forest.

Another eight people have died this morning in Makueni after drinking an illicit brew Five died at Makueni referral hospital while three others have died at their homes.

Confirming the incident, the county director for medical services,Dr.Ndolo Kiio,said ,five were brought to the hospital yesterday ,three died in casualty, two were admitted but unfortunately one died while undergoing medication.

He said the surviving patient is stable but one eye is not functioning. Kiio said that four others have been admitted at Kitise dispensary with blind problems and stomach issues.

Twelve more people have been brought by an ambulance to Makueni referral hospital from Yikithuki suffering from the same symptoms.

A similar incident has occurred in Katilini village Mutomo sub-county in Kitui. Six villagers died on Monday night after a beer drinking binge in a local bar.

Three of the six men died at Mutomo mission hospital where they were rushed after developing stomach pain and started foaming in the mouth. The other three died at Katilini dispensary while undergoing treatment.

Ikutha OCPD Paul Korrir confirmed that the deceased were among 20 persons who fell ill after taking the beer that was packed in plastic containers and branded "countrymen".

In Kiambu, police have confirmed the death of nine people after drinking an illicit brew in Kiambu forest. The dead include a father and two sons.

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