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Seven Die In Latest Toxic Brew Incident In Kenya

NAIROBI, July 14 (BERNAMA-NNN-KNA) -- Seven people have died and another five are in critical condition after consuming toxic alcohol in Langas Estate in Eldoret in western Kenya.

The seven who died included two students from Moi University, an officer from Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital and a student at Tumaini High School Langas.

Clinical services assistant director at Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital, Dr. Francis Oraro, said medical authorities had taken blood samples from the victims for analysis.

Uasin Gishu County public health officer Isaack Ruto identified the brews as home-made liquor with names such as "Coffee Spirit", "Meakins" and "Premium Gin" which were believed to have come from Uganda.

The county's health authorities have ordered the immediate closure of all premises selling alcoholic drinks to ascertain how far the illicit brew has been distributed.

Deputy President William Ruto has expressed concern over the continued loss of lives to illegal alcohol consumption in the country and directed police and local authorities to intensify efforts to eradicate illicit brews.

At least 60 people died after consuming outlawed brews in Embu, Kitui, Makueni and Kiambu counties in May this year.

-- BERNAMA-NNN-KNA




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