Two children have died and 11 others admitted to Busolwe General Hospital, Butaleja District after eating suspected ‘poisonous’ pancakes commonly known as kabalagala.
The victims are all residents of Mabale village, Mabale parish in Budumba Sub County.
The children reportedly used pesticides meant for water melon and vegetables to make pancakes after mistaking it for cooking oil.
The deceased were only identified as Namusalo, 5, and Salya, 6.
It’s alleged that after eating the pancakes, they started vomiting before they were rushed to the hospital for medication.
Confirming the incident was Bukedi Regional Police Commander Ceasar Tusingwire
“Thirteen children from the same homestead are suspected to have taken poisonous pancakes. They mixed pesticides with cooking oil accidentally, “ Tusingwire said.
He said death by suspected poison was reported at Busolwe Police station.
A medical officer at Busolwe hospital who requested for anonymity said the victims were vomiting and diarrheating when they were admitted.
“The survivors are getting on well but they are still weak. We are working tirelessly to make sure these children are back to normal, “the medic said.
However according to Butaleja District Police Commander, Hassan Katumba Mugerwa, those currently admitted in the hospital are out of dangers.
“I visited them in the hospital today and I can confirm that they are out of danger and we thank God for this, “ Mr Mugerwa said.
He said the bodies of two victims were taken to Mbale municipal council mortuary for post mortem as investigations continue.