Five children die after drinking dangerous herbicide,grandmother faints
Grief has engulfed Rakai district following the death of 5 children of the same family who accidentally drank Paraquat, a dangerous herbicide on Easter Sunday, April 4, 2021 at Kirangira village, Kasankala sub-county Rakai district.
Alfa Kamoga, a 6-year-old who was still alive of the five children also passed on at Lubaga hospital on Sunday, 11th April 2021.
Kamoga was rushed to Lubaga hospital Kampala for medical attention after taking the largest amount of the toxin.
Other four victims have been identified as Jovan Kivumbi, 4, Shivan Mirembe, 3, Elijah Lubyayi, 3, and Sarah Nabukenya, 2, succumbed to the toxin on different days last week.
Fred Bongole, a family member, said Kamoga passed on Sunday night and they buried him in Lwamaggwa village Lwamaggwa sub-county yesterday, Monday, April 12,2021.
The children had gone to stay with their grandmother in Kirangira when they accidentally took the herbicide instead of a local herbal medicine (Omululuuza) that she had prepared for them.
She had stored it in a mineral water bottle similar to the one she had kept the Paraqua chemical and when she told the children to go take the medicine, they accidentally picked the wrong bottle and took the toxin in a big amount.
They started vomiting and with complaints of severe stomachache prompting their grandmother to check what was wrong.
Upon realizing that her grandchildren had taken the toxic chemical she fainted, leaving them helpless.
Reports indicate that a one, Edward Ssemwezi and the concerned neighbors responded and rushed them to the nearby clinic.
Kamoga was rushed to Lubaga hospital after his siblings passed away within three days; two cousins also passed away on Thursday and Saturday.
Peace Nambatya who lost three children – Kamoga, Kivumbi and Mirembe says it’s total shock.
Daniel Wasswa who lost two children Lubyayi and Nabukenya says he had warned his wife not to take his children away because he could take care of them during the Easter holidays.
The Masaka Regional Police spokesperson, ASP Muhammad Nsubuga says they are following up to establish details of the matter and no arrests so far.