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Panic as 51 IDPs hospitalised after eating camel carcass

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By Ali Abdi | June 20th 2015

Some 51 Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) were hospitalised at Isiolo Level Four Hospital after eating meat from a camel carcass.

The hospital’s Medical superintendent, Mohamud Guyo, said the victims complained of severe stomachache and diarrhea while others were vomiting. He said 11 people were admitted on Friday afternoon, while 40 others were brought in Saturday morning.

Guyo said the patients, 13 of them children, were brought from Chumvi Yare village in Ngaremara Ward, where an IDP centre was set up two weeks ago following clashes between the Turkana and Samburu herders, leaving 11 people dead.

Guyo said more medics had been dispatched to treat 100 other people who could not reach the hospital because ‘the place is remote’. “The hospital is overstretched thereby creating the need to treat people close to their homes,” he noted. He said those who have been admitted were responding well to the treatment.

Acting County Director of Public Health Guracha Sarite urged pastoralists not to consume carcasses, saying most of the livestock that die are sick. “It is dangerous to eat meat from a dead animal,” said Sarite.

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