Childen suf­fer di­ar­rhoea at church

Sunday News (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Mashudu Mambo Sun­day News Re­porter

AN es­ti­mated 50 chil­dren re­port­edly suf­fered se­vere di­ar­rhoea af­ter a sus­pected food poi­son­ing dur­ing a church gath­er­ing that was held in Lu­veve in Bu­l­awayo last week, Sun­day News has es­tab­lished.

Al­though church of­fi­cials de­clined to com­ment, some of the chil­dren had to be rushed to Mpilo Cen­tral Hospi­tal where they were treated and dis­charged. The chil­dren were at­tend­ing the Ju­bilee Con­fer­ence, an an­nual gath­er­ing of youths from the Assem­blies of God Church.

Mpilo Cen­tral Hospi­tal clin­i­cal di­rec­tor Mr Sol­wayo Ng­wenya said al­though he could not tell how many peo­ple were af­fected as some did not seek med­i­cal at­ten­tion, four cases from the con­fer­ence were re­ported at the in­sti­tu­tion.

Sun­day News also vis­ited the church of­fices in Lu­veve where of­fi­cials said they were not go­ing to com­ment on the in­ci­dent.

“Go and tell who­ever sent you that we will not talk about that, it is none of your busi­ness,” said an of­fi­cial at the church premises in Lu­veve.

How­ever, some par­ents whose chil­dren at­tended the con­fer­ence said trou­ble started af­ter the chil­dren ate rice, soup, potato salad and chicken.

“Soon af­ter the meal many started com­plain­ing about stom­ach prob­lems. Some started vom­it­ing and I think at least 50 chil­dren got sick,” said a par­ent who asked not to be named.

Mrs Fik­ile Maphosa, a res­i­dent of Lu­veve said when her younger sis­ter came from the con­fer­ence she was weak.

“When my sis­ter came home from the con­fer­ence she was weak, she vom­ited and at times fainted. We had to take her to Mpilo Hospi­tal where she was treated,” she said.

A child who at­tended the con­fer­ence but could not be named said she was taken to Mpilo Cen­tral Hospi­tal where doc­tors put her on drip as she had lost a lot of flu­ids through run­ning stom­ach and vom­it­ing.

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