The deceased has been identified as one and half-year-old Ronald Makokha. Those admitted at Busia Health Center IV include Teddy Nabwire, Bernard Makokha, Ronald Wandera, Sylvia Nanjala, Beatrice Balibawa, Scovia Erumbi, and Iren Gloria Irene.
Dr. Yusuf Lule, the In-charge Busia Health Centre IV, says the victims were rushed to the health center on suspicion that they ate food laced with poison.
Ronald Wandera, one of the victims and head of the family, says he bought 10 kilograms of dry cassava at Namungodi trading center on Tuesday. According to Wandera, he took the cassava for grinding and used the flour to prepare supper for his family.
He says the children started complaining of stomach pain at around 12am before the minor succumbed died at 2am.
Christine Auma, the mother of the children, suspects the problem could have started from the cassava flour.
The incident has raised fear among residents. Charles Ndeke, a resident of Bulumbi Sub County, says they are now afraid of buying food from market.
A similar case was reported in Busiro Sub County in Namayingo district where one person died after eating cassava flour he bought from a store
Cholera claimed the life of one person in Busia district on Saturday and left six other hospitalised. The victims are members of the same family from Mundaya village in Masaba sub-county. Dr. Patrick Barasa, the In Charge of the Cholera Isolation center at Busia main hospital, says the deceased contracted cholera in Namayingo district where he was working.
He said the six patients admitted at the isolation center had just returned from his burial. He suspects the cholera victims could have touched the body of the deceased. Dr. Barasa is worried that the situation may escalate given the heavy rains that have continued pounding the area.
He complained of poor sanitation and hygiene especially within, Busia municipality. Busia district is prune to cholera outbreaks. In November last year, cholera broke out in seven sub counties in the district and was only contained in January this year. The epidemic claimed six people and left more than 270 other hospitalised at Busia main hospital.
Kennedy Adhola Otiti, the Busia Resident District Commissioner, blames the cholera outbreaks on negligence by residents and lack of proper hygiene practices. Otitit has ordered for a crackdown on households without proper sanitation facilities.