Stella Dimoko Korkus.com: Police Launch Probe Into Deaths Of 4 Children After Eating Cassava

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Monday, 19 September 2016

Police Launch Probe Into Deaths Of 4 Children After Eating Cassava

Four children died on Sunday after eating cassava in Uhuru Village, Siaya County, the previous day.
It is suspected the cassava was poisonous.




A fifth child was taken to the Siaya County Referral Hospital where she is being treated.
The children were identified as Vivian Otieno, 17, Stephen Otieno, 12, Christine Otieno, 11, and Calvins Otieno, 8.

Their father, Mr Sylvanus Otieno, is a teacher at Ojola Primary School in Gem Sub-County.Their mother, Mrs Penninah Akoth Ouma, said the children had the cassava for lunch and supper on Saturday.

She said in the night they started having breathing difficulties and vomiting.
“It’s painful to lose my four children. I want an inquest into their deaths,” she said.

Mrs Ouma, a secretary at the nearby Ojola Secondary School, told Nation she left for work on Saturday morning.
“I left my children at home and they decided to go to the farm to harvest some cassava. They ate some of it raw and carried some home, which they prepared for lunch,” she said.

Mrs Ouma added that when she returned home in the evening everything was normal until about 11pm, when the children started complaining of stomach ache, vomiting and having difficulty in breathing.
They rushed the children to the nearby Ashburn Community Dispensary for First Aid before taking them to the Siaya County Referral Hospital.


PROBE UNDER WAY
She said the children started dying from 9am on Sunday morning.
The fifth child, Roseline Flavian Otieno (12), is responding to treatment at the hospital.

Mrs Ouma called on police to investigate the circumstances behind their deaths, arguing that everyone in the family ate the meal.
“It is unfortunate that the children died when all of us ate the cassava and we are not complaining of any health problems. I do not understand how this can happen,” said Mrs Ouma.

Siaya police boss Ancient Kaloki said the children’s bodies are at the Siaya County Referral Hospital and police have started investigations into the deaths.

Mr Kaloki urged parents to monitor what their children eat to avoid similar cases in future.

“We received reports that the four children died after consuming poisonous cassava. We have launched investigations to establish if the cassava was indeed poisonous,” said the police boss.


*OMG..Poor woman!!!...May GOD HEAL YOUR HEART.
It was probably the uncooked Cassava that they ate ....?


29 comments:

nzube izuu said...

Na waoo! May God console their parents.

Oyanu Enenche said...

OMG this is really sad! Rip little angels.

Minnie Rexpect said...

Very Painful! Losing four children in one day. I can't begin to imagine the pains she's going through right now.
May God give them the fortitude to bear this irreparable loss. May the soul of the departed children Rest in Peace.

amanda favour said...

How can they eat raw cassava?

I thought it contains cyanide?

Anonymous said...

Cyanide poisoning. The cassava was not well processed.

Loveme Jeje said...

whaoo see what hunger has caused. why will they eat raw cassava. Chineke zoputa umu gi o.


May God comfort the mother. No mother can bear the pains of losing a child talkless of four. God Almighty Please heavy comfort to the mother.

Chidinma Gift said...

Jesus!! May God console and replenish her loss

Blackberry said...

Jeez! May they rip, allergy?

Alabi Ganiyat said...

RIP. So painful! Oh God!

Anonymous said...

It was the cyanide in the cassava that killed the children.

youngman said...

Painful and sad in deed

la effizy said...

Wow, poor children. May God heal the woman's heart. The Cyanide in cassava on hydrolysis releases HCN. This is really poisonous and is most likely the cause of their deaths. May they find peace.

Anonymous said...

THERE IS CYNAIDE IN CASSAVA?

Juliet Ego said...

So sad! May their souls rest in peace

Mao Akuh said...

May God comfort her

Stella maris Baby said...

Painful & sad.
May dey rest in peace.
God console der loved ones

Starjoy said...

This is so sad, God console their family and may souls of the departed once rest in peace

FECHI HEZE said...

May their souls R.I.P.P But please where did this sad event take place? as in country?

The General's Wife said...

*Sad sigh*
Poor Woman!

d33ve said...

Are you kidding me?
Unfermented cassava is the food with the highest content in Nigeria.

Anonymous said...

Is the police stupid? Wasting money to probe. This is cyanide poisoning

St.FranKooL.... said...

#Love is a feeling, not a decision*

Anonymous said...

Cyanogenic glycoside oooo

Bella D Chemist said...

The raw cassava they ate must have been the cause of their deaths. Some varieties of cassava have very high cyanide content that is why it is very important we process our cassava properly before consuming. May God rest their souls and comfort their parents

Anonymous said...

I don't like cassava that much, but I could not imagine eating it raw. A cassava is not a mango. Who taught them to eat raw cassava? May their souls rest in peace.

Anonymous said...

Four children at once?!!!! That's tragedy unimagined! I pray God gives the parents the fortitude to bear this unimaginable loss. The Willis family ( they have a reality show on discovery family) lost six children in a car accident all at once. They had eleven or so and were travelling when the accident happened and six of d kids died! Anytime I think abt it,I just can't wrap my head around losing six (and now four) of ur kids in one day. May God help us all.

Anonymous said...

*talk more of 4*nt talk less of 4.

sisi eko said...

Do they have land dispute with anyone who may have infused poison into the crops on that land? That's the only thing I can think of. This is sad.

Anonymous said...

@SisiEko. Cassava naturally contains cyanide, it is naturally poisonous. There are two types bitter and sweet. The bitter cassava is the poisonous one, and these are usually much larger in size. The bitter cassava can be used, but must undergo a very lengthy series of processing to make it fit for consumption. You can't just boil and eat it ever, and most certainly not eat any type of cassava raw.

This is an unbelievable tragedy that could have been avoided. I feel for the parents, but we need to remember just because something is natural does not mean it is always good for you. Even some types of fish are poisonous, barracuda is a known poisonous fish that ppl should keep away from. The ministry of agriculture and health must send out periodic reminders to the populace on these things.

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