Margret Marquart Catholic Hospital in Kpando, Volta Region has recorded 4 deaths with diagnoses of food poisoning. More than 10 others are still on admission receiving treatment.

In an interview with the Hospital Administrator, Mr Hanson Torde, he revealed that about 10 people from Alavanyo reported to the hospital last two weeks with the complain of stomach upset after consumption of fish they bought from the market. “Three out of the 10 lost their lives”, he added.

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On Wednesday August 16, the hospital recorded 4 similar cases with same history from Torkor, a fishing community in Volta region.

Some fishing community members allege the said fish is called “puffer fish”, a highly poisonous fish to consume. They indicated it is also referred to as “poponawoe” in Ewe.

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The hospital has sent sample of the alleged “poisonous fish” to the Kpando Divisional Police Command for further investigation.

The Hospital Medical Director, Dr Lucy Hometowu has asked the public not to be in fear as the district directorate and the investigation team are looking into the situation to come out with findings / report for confirmation.

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In a conversation with the CEO of the Food and Drugs Authority (FDA), Mrs Delese Mimi Darko, she assured the report will be investigated. –  Kofi Fokuo

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