Tension as plateau community head, others suffer food poisoning allegedly caused by looted palliatives

- A community head in Plateau state has confirmed that he and some people suffered food poisoning

- Officials in Plateau say the food consumed may have been prepared from stolen grains

- Jugu said that all the affected persons have been discharged from the hospital

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A report by Premium Times indicates that no fewer than 20 people in Joi village in Riyom local government area of Plateau state are being treated for food poisoning after taking a local drink made from millet.

Legit.ng gathered that some of the patients including a community leader, Stephen Jugu, were treated for food poisoning over the weekend.

It was gathered that the grains were bought from a petty trader in the community’s market on Tuesday, November 17.

The online medium noted that Jugu, who is also the secretary of the COCIN local church council, on Monday, November 23, confirmed that he and not less than 20 others were affected by the drink.

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He said:

“I woke up in the middle of the night and discovered that it was diarrhoea that was disturbing me. I discovered that it was because of the Kunu I took. Later on, I learnt that it was the same thing with other people. They were more than twenty people but they have been discharged.”

The community leader, who confirmed that all the affected persons have been discharged, said the issue was reported to the chairperson of the development association.

The chairman of Jol community development association, Tim Danchal, said:

“They went and bought millet and corn from a local store. Then, when one of the ladies prepared the local drink, friends and families who drank out of the Kunu had a running stomach. Some of them fainted, passed out blood. They were admitted at the local hospital and treated."

Danchal added that the case has been reported to the local government authorities for investigation and contact-tracing.

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He added:

“I spoke to the director of health at the local government who sent an officer to the community on Saturday. We are following up on that to do contact tracing if the local government will send in staff to talk to these people and if possible the woman who sold the grains is located.”

He feared that many more persons from other communities may have also drunk from the same source or bought the contaminated millet.

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Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that the federal government on Tuesday, November 10, disclosed that only Rivers among all Nigerian states is yet to receive COVID-19 palliatives from the presidency.

It was reported that this was specifically revealed by the minister of humanitarian affairs, disaster management and social development, Sadiya Umar Farouq.

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