Disturbing food poisoning incident at school: 8 pupils rushed to hospital after eating rice and soup

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Ass-Comm Paul Nyathi

In a troubling incident, the Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) has launched an investigation into a suspected case of food poisoning at Matoranhembe Primary School in Murombedzi.

According to the police statement, on June 7th, 2024, eight pupils allegedly began vomiting and complaining of stomach pains after consuming rice and soup packed in a lunch box. The affected students were immediately transported to Murombedzi Rural Hospital for medical treatment.

The police’s initial inquiries have revealed that the lunch box was brought to school by a fellow pupil, who had been given two lunch boxes by a parent and instructed on how to share the food.

ZRP PRESS STATEMENT

09TH JUNE 2024

SUSPECTED FOOD POISONING AT MATORANHEMBE PRIMARY SCHOOL, MUROMBEDZI

The Zimbabwe Republic Police reports that investigations are underway in connection with a case of suspected food poisoning which occurred at Matoranhembe Primary School, Murombedzi on 07th June 2024.

Eight pupils allegedly started vomiting while complaining of stomach pains after they had consumed rice and soup which had been packed in a lunch box. The pupils were ferried to Murombedzi Rural Hospital for treatment.

Investigations carried out by the police revealed that a fellow school pupil brought the lunch box which contained home prepared food after being given two lunch boxes by her parent. The parent gave her instructions on how to share the food.

More details will be availed in due course as police inquiries continue.

[NYATHI. P] Commissioner
Chief Staff Officer (Press and Public Relations) to the Commissioner-General of Police
Police General Headquarters


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