Iraq – One child dead, 800 ill after food poisoning in Mosul IDP camp

RUDAW

ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – One child has died and some 800 internally displaced persons (IDPs) from Mosul in Hassansham U2 camp are suffering from food poisoning after a charity delivered food from an Erbil restaurant.

Monday evening, a Qatari charity organization brought Iftar dinner for 2,000 IDPs breaking their Ramadan fast in the camp.

Rizgar Obed, camp supervisor from the Barzani Charity Foundation, told Rudaw that between 800 and 900 people were affected.

Saman Barzinji, the head of Erbil health department, told Rudaw that one child has died. He also said that they have recorded 752 cases, adding that the patients are treated in three different locations, including Khabat hospital, the closest hospital to the camp, about 30 km west of Erbil.

The food was beans, rice, chicken, and a yogurt drink brought from a restaurant in Erbil. Most of those affected were children and elderly, complaining of vomiting and stomachache.

Dr Hersh Qadir Barzinji  in Erbil who treated some of the patients told Rudaw that the symptoms included severe vomiting and dehydration.

Erbil health directorate sent a special team and 30 ambulances to the camp, bringing the most severe cases to hospitals in Erbil and Khabat.

 

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