Cas­sava meal ends with 15 in hos­pi­tal

More than 300,000 peo­ple and thou­sands of an­i­mals in Kil­ifi are starv­ing

The Star (Kenya) - - Counties - ALPHONCE GARI @alphonce2011

A cas­sava meal turned tragic af­ter it nearly cost the lives of 15 fam­ily mem­bers, in­clud­ing nine chil­dren in the drought stricken Ma­garini area of Kil­ifi county on Tues­day .

They had only pre­pared the meal af­ter go­ing for three days with­out food. Trou­ble started af­ter those who had eaten be­gun vom­it­ing and di­ar­rhoeaing. They said it was bit­ter but they thought it was only be­cause it had over­stayed.

They had no op­tion but to eat but lit­tle did they know the cas­sava had turned poi­sonous.

Caro­line Nzaro, one of the moth­ers of the chil­dren af­fected, said she bought the cas­sava from the lo­cal mar­ket.They were taken to the Marafa Health Cen­tre af­ter they failed to get med­i­cal ser­vices at the Bore Sing­waya Dis­pen­sary. All the 15 were ad­mit­ted in crit­i­cal con­di­tion but are now said to be re­spond­ing well to treat­ment.

More than 300,000 peo­ple and thou­sands of an­i­mals in Kil­ifi are starv­ing due to a pro­longed drought.

In Ma­garini alone, over 100,000 peo­ple both di­rectly and in­di­rectly have been af­fected and rely on re­lief food which is not enough. Those di­rectly af­fected are 56,000.

Dha­habu Wanje, the grand­mother of the chil­dren, said she went home and found her grand­chil­dren eating raw cas­sava.

Be­cause she was hun­gry, she joined them and ate both raw and roasted cas­sava, only to be­gin ex­pe­ri­enc­ing fever and stom­achache.

Area MCA Ren­son Kambi led other county of­fi­cials to visit the pa­tients in the hos­pi­tal.

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