25 Church Members In Hospital After Eating Poisoned Food

25 Church Members In Hospital After Eating Poisoned Food
Published: 2016 July 19 05:45:46 (2543 Views)


Gokwe District hospital admitted 25 Seventh Day Adventist Church members suffering from similar symptoms suspected to to have emanated from eating poisoned laced food.

The church members had attended a church gathering held over the weekend in Mapfungautsi, Gokwe North.

Chief Njelele, speaking from the hospital yesterday where he was visiting the sick, confirmed the incident that occurred in his area of jurisdiction.

The chief said congregants fell ill after eating traditional food umxhanxa that had been cooked in a rusty three legged pot.

“I can confirm that 25 people from SDA church are being treated for food poisoning. It’s not like poison was laced in the food. No. But they cooked umxhanxa in a pot that had rust,” he said.

Chief Njelele said some were seriously ill while others had been treated and discharged.

He said the church members met over the weekend in one of his villages under headman Mapfumo.

Midlands Provincial Medical Director (PMD) Dr Simon Nyadundu also confirmed the incident.

According to a church member, umxhanxa was prepared on Friday for the church members who were having a Big Sabbath church gathering at one of the members’ homestead in Mapfungautsi.

She said since SDA members are not allowed to cook on Saturday – the Sabbath day – the umxhanxa was prepared on Friday but no one noticed that the pot that was used was rusty.



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