Three die, two hospitalized in a suspected consumption of poisonous cassava in Rubavu

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On 19 July 2017 saa 09:08
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Two children from one family and another from the neighborhood have passed away after eating cassava believed to be poisonous, according to reports coming in from Rugerero Sector, Rubavu district.

The deceased include, Patrick Ngabo aged six, and his young brother Jean Damascene Nizeyimana, four, and Claudine Uwase also aged four years.
It is reported that another child plus the women who served them are admitted in Gisenyi hospital.

The Executive secretary of Rugerero sector has confirmed the news saying that after eating sour cassava containing “cyanogenic glucosides,” they were not rushed to the hospital which is the reason why some passed away.

“The women who bought and cooked the sour cassava “cyanogenic glucosides”, after served her children and the neighbors that is how they fell sick, but instead of rushing them to the hospital they took them to the traditional healers suspecting they’re bewitched, then later they transferred them to the hospital but the three could not survive.”

It is reported that management of Gisenyi hospital received the patients and said that they had consumed dangrous, adding that they rushed them to the hospital when it was too late.

Aimé Saidi who received the patients said that they ate the cassava at midday but were taken for medical treatment when one was already dead but others died and Saidi says that they managed to save the women as well as the other child.

“We are hopeful they will recover” Saidi added.

The same incident is claimed to have happened in Nyundo, Gisenyi in Western Province where three children were killed towards the end of last year.