Ntcheu Horror: Seven Family Members Dead
The death toll in the family where four people died suddenly and five others were hospitalized in Ntcheu district has now shot to seven compelling the department of disaster now to intervene.
Three children members of the same family now remain hospitalized.
Authorities are yet to be established the exact cause of the deaths.
However, there are fears that the family may have met the problem because of food insecurity.
“Ntcheu is one of the districts that have been hit hard by hunger this year. In most cases, those without food are resorting to wild fruits and tubers.
“It is possible this was the case and if it is, then we have evidence of people dying of hunger in Malawi,” said a nutritionist following trends in the country.
The Malawi Vulnerability Assessment Committee says over 1, 900,000 Malawians need humanitarian assistance owing to food insecurity this season.
But police in Ntcheu says until postmortem results underway are out and state otherwise, their position is that there was no foul play.
Meanwhile, vice president, Everton Chimulirenji who is minister responsible for the Department of Disaster Management Affairs, says DoDMA will now shoulder the burden of funeral expense.
Chimulirenji said this when he paid a visit to Ntcheu District Hospital where the three children are bed ridden. Chimulirenji described the deaths tragic.
“For each of the deceased, government will provide K150, 000 to carter for funeral expenses. And each of the (remaining) children who are admitted to the hospital will be given K50, 000,” he said.
Uncle to the deceased, Jackson Siyasiya, said the family is clueless and baffled as to what has killed the seven.
“We have unanswered questions. We are heartbroken due the loss of our beloved one’s,” he said.
Among the seven dead are; Obedi Josofati, Orbit Josofati, Edison Josofati and Mike Jamali.