At least one person has been confirmed dead after taking flour supplied by United Nations World Food Programme
One death has been registered from Amudat as a result of the porridge flour that was supplied by WFP to households, said Uganda Red Cross Society (URCS) on Sunday.
WFP agency on Saturday said they had suspended distribution of Super Cereal, a fortified blended food in all refugees and settlement camps in Uganda.
The body said the suspension was a result of dozens of people being hospitalized in different health centers in Karamoja after consuming the blended food item.
Health Ministry Permanent Secretary Dr Diana Atwiine toldwww.mknewslink.com that they were sending teams on the ground to make full assessment of the affected and also carry out food sampling for testing.
On Saturday people with suspected food poisoning were reportedly admitted at Lotome Health Centre in Napak district one day after a distribution of food to their families.
Other people including children were reportedly admitted to Karita and Lokales health centres in Amudat district.
According to WFP team in Lotome, over 90 cases were reported on Saturday including 12 children under the age of
The Red Cross today said Napak has an increment from 56 to 64 victims though the situation is still under control.
The humanitarian body said it assigned an ambulance and volunteers to support the victims.
Some victims suffer mental disorders due to the same food poisoning but they are being handled with care, said the Red Cross.
Breast feeding mothers have been advised to stop breast feeding since they took the porridge and might affect the children.
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