Update on patients who allegedly ingested poisonous food

2017-04-06 06:02

The Western Cape Government health can now confirm that two children have died due to allegedly ingesting poisonous food substances and not three as reported by various media outlets, on Wednesday.

Currently there are still three children at Red Cross War Memorial children’s hospital in a stable condition.

The Emergency Medical Services responded to an incident in Weltervreden Valley where eight patients (three adults and five children) allegedly ingested poisonous food substances on Monday.

Unfortunately, two of the children died as a result.

Three children were taken to Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital in a serious condition, while the adults were taken to a nearby health facility.

The department alerted SAPS, Environmental Health and the City of Cape Town’s Disaster Management team to coordinate and investigate the circumstances around the alleged poisonous food substances.

To date, one female patient has been discharged from Mitchells Plain Hospital and another male patient is still in a critical condition at Groote Schuur Hospital.

The circumstances around the death of the minor are being investigated by the South African Police Service.

The Western Cape Government Health Forensic Pathology Service is looking into the official cause of death, and has requested a toxology report, which will confirm the official cause of death.

Once confirmed, these results will be released to the SAPS, to complete the investigation.

Meanwhile, the City of Cape Town issued a statement that they were investigating a case of suspected poisoning that left two children dead.

It said the City’s Environmental Health Department is mandated to conduct investigations in cases of suspected food poisoning.

The investigation in this case will cover a number of aspects, including site visits to the home of the victims, the premises of the vendor where the food was purchased before preparation, and the farm where the vendor purchased the live chicken.

In addition, environmental health practitioners have already secured samples of the food that the victims consumed and these have been sent to various laboratories for testing.

They have also secured samples from the vendor for testing by the City’s bacteriological laboratory.

The city said they do not want to speculate on the possible cause until laboratory tests have been completed and the autopsy results are available.

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