ELIZABETH CHATUVELA, Mongu
THE number of people admitted to Lewanika General Hospital after consuming suspected poisonous food during a wedding ceremony has risen from 31 to 45.
And hospital management has stopped the patients from consuming food from outside the hospital.
In an interview yesterday, Lewanika General Hospital clinical care in-charge Subhash Chand Soni said the patients have been advised to only consume food prepared by the hospital to avoid complications.
Dr Soni said the patients, who have adhered to the directive, have since shown great improvement, with 11 being discharged.
“We are giving porridge prepared here to the patients and have strictly warned them [patients] from eating spiced food. Some of the patients have adhered to this but a good number are smuggling in food through windows,” he said.
Dr Soni said the hospital has since assigned security guards to man the entrance and ensure only food prepared at the health institution is given to the patients.
“We are doing this for the well-being of the patients but some relatives are unfortunately becoming unruly,” he said.
And Dr Soni said the latest group received at the health facility comprises people who did not attend the wedding ceremony, but consumed food taken home by their relatives.
He said among the newly admitted victims are four infants.
On Saturday, over 30 people, including a newly-wed couple, were admitted to the hospital after they consumed suspected poisonous food during a wedding ceremony.