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Food Poisoning Claims Lives of Innocent Toddlers in Gauteng

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Food Poisoning

In a devastating incident that has rocked the West Rand community, two young children tragically lost their lives due to food poisoning. The Gauteng Department of Health (GDoH) made the announcement on Thursday, revealing that the toddlers had consumed tainted sweets and chips from a local vendor at West Deep in Westonaria.

Heartbreakingly, upon arrival at the Bekkersdal West Community Health Centre, two of the boys, aged two and three, were pronounced dead. The remaining two boys, aged four and six, have been transferred to Leratong Hospital, where they are currently in stable condition and under observation.

In response to this horrifying ordeal, the GDoH is providing trauma counselling services to the devastated families. Unfortunately, this incident marks the fourth occurrence of children losing their lives due to food poisoning-related incidents. Just days prior, Neo Khang and Katlego Mbatha, both six years old, tragically succumbed to biscuits and juice consumed from a local shop in Naledi, Soweto.

Expressing their condolences, the GDoH sends heartfelt sympathies to the grieving families and wishes a swift recovery to those still undergoing treatment in hospitals.

To prevent further cases, outbreak response teams have been dispatched to both Johannesburg and West Rand districts. These teams are actively engaging with locals in Naledi, West Deep, and surrounding areas, conducting health education and raising awareness about proper food handling, preparation, storage, and safety. Emphasizing the importance of checking food expiry labels and practicing thorough hand hygiene before dealing with food, the teams are working tirelessly to educate community members.

Additionally, the department is reaching out to local vendors and spaza shops to ensure compliance with the Foodstuffs, Cosmetics, and Disinfectants Act and food labelling regulations. By conducting inspections and providing necessary guidance, they aim to enforce standards that will safeguard the public from future incidents.

In order to carry out comprehensive investigations and provide support to affected households, the outbreak response team has visited the families directly. This proactive approach helps identify potential sources of contamination and allows for prompt intervention and proper guidance to prevent further cases.

Lastly, the department urges the general public to seek immediate medical attention if they experience symptoms such as vomiting, sudden chest pains, body aches, fever, or foam in the mouth. Prompt action and intervention can make a significant difference in preventing further casualties.



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