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Citizen Weekly

Tuesday, 24 March 2015


At least 80 students and two staff members from Strathmore University in Nairobi have been diagnosed with “serious” food poisoning after eating outsourced food offered during a dinner party last Friday.
The dinner was held at the University Auditorium. Twenty five students and two staff members out of the 80 diagnosed with the  poisoning are currently hospitalised fighting for their lives in three Nairobi hospitals.
Twelve  were  admitted at  Nairobi West Hospital, five  at Nairobi Hospital, three  at  Aga Khan Hospital and one at Matter Hospital. Although all of the affected students and staff members have been stabilised, fears were  rife that the number could rise.
The university’s Director of Communication Betty Ngala said  the food served during the Fourth year student’s party was from an outsourced caterer.
“We have launched investigations in a bid to establish the cause of food poisoning…we have liaised with the caterer who was outsourced,” she said, adding that: “We usually use the university catering, however, we have vetted a number of service providers who can provide services to the university.”
Food samples taken during the party have since been taken to various laboratories. Most of those admitted complained  of  stomach pains, vomiting, high fever and running stomach.