|L-R: alleged culprit in the food poisoning identified as Paul Nchui, Commissioner for Health, Dr Inyang Asibong|
Our Correspondent|26 March 2017
The Cross River State Ministry of Health has just confirmed that the 24th March incident in Ogoja which swept across 3 communities, claimed 2 lives and left 41 others in the hospital was as a result of herbicide emptied into a pot soup prepared by one of the deceased. This is putting to rest the various claims that suggests it was a strange disease other than food poisoning. The confirmation came following the test results from the samples collected from the victims yesterday.
‘The melon soup was contaminated by a member of the neighbouring community as a personal vendetta against the index community. The culprit has been arrested today. Apart from the two that died before they got to the hospital, the 41 patients in General Hospital Ogoja are in stable condition and have been discharged with follow up.
The health and well-being of the people in the state remains paramount as the State government lead by Sen. Prof Ben Ayade is doing all it can to achieve this- Dr Inyang Asibong.
The State Ministry of Health has urged the public within the affected communities to remain calm and go about their normal activities as the situation is under control. All the 41 victims are in good clinical shape and have been discharged by the General Hospital Ogoja today with follow up.
The sudden onset of vomiting, foaming in the mouth, body weakness and spitting out of blood with no trace of fever was as a result of the potency of the poison. The Cross River State Ministry of Health has since activated necessary emergency measures and commenced treatment of all affected cases.
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