Although police is yet to establish the exact cause of Hankinga’s death, residents attribute it to suffocation while others claim it may have been food poisoning. Our reporter visited the saloon, which operates in a metallic kiosk and observed that it lacks proper ventilation to regulate air flow.
The four; Agnes Fambe, Paulina Issa, Clement Atugonza and Fortunate Mwambe, all residents of Kilyango in Buliisa district, were part of a family of nine that allegedly eat food which was laced with poison a week ago. Five of the relatives died from Buliisa Hospital where they had been rushed after developing complications.
Selina Sande, a teen from Kadam village was re-admitted on Friday, just hours after she was discharged from the same hospital. She is one of the 25 people who were hospitalized in Amudat Hospital after eating food ratios distributed by World Food Programme, WFP.
According to Amos Banyenzaki, one of the area leaders says that the family members after drinking porridge, started complaining of stomach pains and suddenly started vomiting and developed running stomach.
Dr. Bruhan Kasozi, the Isingiro District Veterinary Officer, suspects the affected people ate meat from a carcass smuggled out of queen Lake Mburo National park. He says several people in the area eat meat from untrusted sources.
Paul Wamboga, the Mbale Municipal Principal Health Inspector, says the authority is aware of the appalling state of the abattoir. Wamboga says the council has secured some money he did not specify under the Uganda Support to Municipal Infrastructure Development Program Project USMID to undertake major rehabilitation of the abattoir in the financial year 2016/2017.
Diana Nandawula, the Elgon Regional police commander identifies the deceased children as 7-yearâ€“old Sambrirus Masika, a primary one pupil of Bunabuje Primary school and his One and half year-old brother Umar Maruti.
Dr Kaiti says it is totally unacceptable for humans to consume uninspected meat saying it breaches the health food safety standards. He explains that consuming uninspected meat exposes humans to diseases such as Brucellosis, Bovine tuberculosis, Anthrax, toxoplasmosis and Hydatid.