Sri Lanka: Food poisoning in Trinco

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One died and over 148 were hospitalised, including schoolchildren after consuming bakery made food items in Trincomalee yesterday morning.

Ministry despatches medical team

Chaminda Perera

The Health Ministry yesterday despatched a comprehensive medical team including the Epidemiologists to Trincomalee after 148 persons were admitted to the Trincomalee General Hospital due to food poisoning.

According to Deputy Director General Public Health Services Dr. Palitha Mahipala, the Ministry has ordered the Provincial and District health authorities that food stalls and restaurants in the Trincomalee city limits should be brought under regular inspection of the PHIs.

The food samples collected by the PHIs after this incident yesterday would be taken to Medical Research Institute to ascertain whether there is any poisonous component.

A bakery located in Kings Road, Trincomalee has been sealed following a report of the death of an old man and the hospitalizing of 148 others including schoolchildren after consuming buns and other bakery products.

Police spokesman SSP Ranjith Gunaskera said Selvaraja Dhuraisingham (62) died possibly from food poisoning after admission to the Trincomalee hospital.

According to Trincomalee hospital sources, four persons were admitted to the hospital on Sunday night after consuming bread from a particular bakery.

“The four were suffering from stomach aches and diarrhoea. One of them died and the other three are recovering,” sources added.

”We are unable to identify the actual cause of the sickness since the medical examinations are not completed yet. But they were all victims of food poisoning”, Trincomalee hospital Director Dr. Anushia Rajamohan told the Daily News.

She said blood samples and specimen of food had been dispatched to the Colombo Medical Research Institute for further analysis.

”District Medical Officer and a team from the Food and Drug Investigation Unit have commenced an extensive investigation to identify the cause of food poisoning”, Dr. Rajmohan said.

Some people who had consumed food items from the same bakery, panicked as the news of food poisoning spread and reported to the hospital to ensure their health status.

Most of the victims were schoolchildren from schools in Trincomalee town, Uppuveli and 3rd mile post areas. Trincomalee police are investigating.



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