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Three family members die, 4 others hospitalized after eating yam flour in Osun

By Nofisat Marindoti, The Nigerian Voice, Osogbo
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Residents of Ibokun town in Obokun Local Government Area of Osun State were on Friday, thrown into mourning when three persons were confirmed dead after eating yam flour popularly known as Amala with stew.

Our Correspondent gathered that four other persons were also hospitalized.

The incident has caused panic and apprehension in the state as residents were already warning their relations within and outside the state not to buy yam flour or eat the famous Amala delicacy.

One of those that died, Mrs Kehinde Fasanya was a staff of Obokun Local Government but the identity of the second and third persons could not be ascertained at the time of filing this report.

The corpses of those that died have been deposited at the mortuary of the Osun State General Hospital at Asubiaro in Osogbo, capital of Osun State for autopsy to determine the true cause of their death.

Other people that ate from the food were rushed to Our Lady of Fatimah Hospital at Jaleoyemi area in Osogbo but the doctors at the hospital said their cases could not be managed and referred them to the Wesley Guild Hospital of the Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospital in Ilesa for comprehensive treatment.

Reacting, the Commissioner of Health in the state, Dr Rafiu Isamotu said necessary steps have been taken to unveil the circumstances surrounding the incident and advised people not to panic.

He said the preliminary findings revealed that the family members had been eating from the same yam flour in the past weeks and that the poison in the food could be in the stew.

Isamotu who was at the hospital alongside the Director of Public Health, Dr Adepoju Gbenga said experts have been deployed to the house where the family members ate the food and that sample would be taken to laboratory for investigation.