Hunger: Confusion As One   Dies, 5 Others In Critical Condition At LAUTECH  Over Suspected Food Poison

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*Victim reveals casava peels was consumed

By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan

It was confusion galore at Temidire Atoyebi area of Ogbomoso in the Ogbomoso South/Ogo Oluwa Local Government Area of Oyo State on Wednesday, when a family of six ate cassava flakes as Amala for dinner, resulting in the death of a grand daughter.

New Nigerian gathered that trouble started few minutes after the family ate the Amala with the members of the family complaining of serious abdominal complication.

It was learnt that distress call from family at their residence along Ogbomoso-Iwo road drew the attention of the neighbours, who quickly rushed the mother (Mrs Victoria Paul Adewole) and the five children to the nearby hospital .

Sources said the management of the hospital in turn, referred the family members to the LAUTECH Teaching Hospital, Ogbomoso, where the grand daughter was rejected, having been confirmed to have been brought in dead (BID). 

However, the mother and four other children were admitted and have since been under intensive medical treatment,

Sources said the initial report was that the family ate Amala dinner prepared from yam or cassava flour. 

“However, one of the children managed to disclose that it was cassava peels that they grinded  and made into flour which they prepared as Amala, since they could not afford to buy yam or cassava flour. The complication from the peels which could have been poisoned or contaminated, resulted in the death of the youngest grand daughter, whose immune system might be very low. 

As at the time of sending this report, the mother and her other four children are still battling in the hospital. 

The Chief Medical Director of the hospital, Prof. Olawale Olakulehin while confirming the incident said “The one that gave up died before getting to LAUTECH Teaching Hospital, Ogbomoso. As at this afternoon, four of the five undergoing treatment are in stable condition. However, one of them is in critical condition. I have just been updated”.

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