Close to 300 people are recuperating at different health dispensaries in Pokot North sub-county West Pokot county after feasting on dead camel meat suspected to be poisonous.
Medical personnel drawn from Alale, Nasal and Amukuriat Catholic health centre and Kacheliba sub county hospital responded immediately attending to the desperate cases with many patients placed on drips.
A nurse at Alale dispensary Eunice Lorette said most of the affected were administered and put under drips to stabilise their conditions. She said most of the patients were suffering from diarrhea and vomiting and some complained of body aches after sharing the dead camel delicacy.
“The whole village feasted on the dead carcasses most of the affected are the elderly and children.” She said.
She added that the victims have been flocking at the health center since Monday after consuming the meat.
Lorette said some villagers had decided to stay at home without seeking medical attention but the situation worsened as nurses were forced to go into the villages and treat them.
Nauyapong sub-location assistant chief Faustino Longora said the residents consumed the camel dead caucus without knowing it was poisonous due to lack of food. He noted that most of the people who tasted the meat experienced running stomach, fever and body aches as they were rushed to the hospital.
Some of the affected persons have not yet gone to the hospital and are treating themselves with herbal medicine and what was supposed to be a meat festival for the residents of Kagwatatuk and Katich villages in Lokitanyala location Pokot North sub-county would prove costly.