One dead, three hospitalized after food poisoning

One dead, three hospitalized after food poisoning

One person died while three others are admitted at the Kapsabet County Referral Hospital after they suffered suspected food poisoning Monday night at Kipchabo Village, Nandi County.

The victims, who are all from one family, are suspected to have taken some food presumed to have been contaminated.

The family members suffered excruciating pain late in the night followed by diarrhoea and vomiting of blood.

They were rushed to hospitalTuesday morning but their 10 year old boy passed away just minutes after receiving medication.

Halima Jemtai, a friend to the family, said she rushed them to the hospital but it was unfortunate one patient passed on.

“We do not know what caused the illness, we suspect it is the food they ate,” she said.

Jemtai said that the nurses on duty played a critical role in saving the life of the three victims who had already started showing signs of dehydration.

According to Leah Too, a relative of the family, it is suspected that the food taken by the family – which included maize and beans – could have contained aflatoxin chemical components.

The dead by had gone to visit his grandmother when the unfortunate incident happened.

“The family has called upon the relevant authorities to find out the kind of poison that was in the food,” said Too.

Speaking to Citizen TV on phone, Kapsabet Medical Superintendent Dr. Ismael Ayabei, confirmed the incident and said that samples of the food would be taken to government laboratory for analysis.