• He said that the ten were brought to the hospital by a police land cruiser after they were spotted lying beside the road in various parts of the town. 

One person has died after reportedly consuming of adulterated liquor in Nyahururu town, Laikipia.

Laikipia County Health Chief officer Dr Donald Mugoi confirmed that nine people are admitted at the Nyahururu County Referral hospital in critical condition.

The ten men were part of a group of other who are said to have consumed two liquor brands on Sunday morning during celebration of a birthday party at a pub in the town.

According to Dr Felix Masongo who is in charge of Emergency Unit at the Nyahururu County Referral hospital the nine were taken to the facility on Sunday morning by police after they developed vomiting and stomach ache complications.

He said that the ten were brought to the hospital by a police land cruiser after they were spotted lying beside the road in various parts of the town.

Dr Masongo said that they could not immediately confirm the chemical that the liquor had been laced with or the quantity the ten had consumed.

He said that it was vital for the patients to be retained at the hospital for medics’ monitoring since the suspected chemical poisoning has been known to cause optic problems after five days.

The Medic added tha6t several patients who had little poison were treated and discharged but six whom medics felt may be prone to optic dysfunction and other complications were retained.

Dr Mugoi on his part noted that methanol poisoning leads to brain, heart and nervous system depression which ultimately lead to multiple organ failure and death consequently.

The Health Chief Officer called upon individuals who may have consumed the suspected adulterated alcohol to go to the hospital immediately for testing and advanced therapeutic mentions, adding that the symptoms of the alcohol poisoning are seen within 24 and 48 hours.

Some of those who had been called to attend the birthday party said that the owner of the outlet his wife delivered a child.

Mr Simon Chege a resident however wondered what could have happened as those who were affected had taken the same brand they have been taking.

Nyahururu Sub County Police Commander Mary Kiema said investigations have been launched.

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