3 month old baby, siblings scalded as mother prepared illicit brew


3 month old baby, siblings scalded as mother prepared illicit brew

In Summary

  • The minors aged between three months and 6 years suffered slightly over 40 percent body burns.
  • The children were rushed to Kericho sub county hospital where they are admitted.
  •   The mother also sustained injuries as she tried to save her children.

A chang’aa (illicit brew) distilling exercise turned tragic after a pot containing hot water burst and scalded four children in Kericho County.

According to area MCA Paul Chirchir, the children were sleeping near the fire place at their home in Cheplel village, Kapsoit Ward when tragedy struck.

The mother screamed for help which attracted villagers who rushed to the homestead.

The children were rushed to Kericho sub county hospital where they are admitted.

Reports indicate that the mother also sustained injuries as she tried to save her children.

Kericho County Health Services Department Chief Officer David Ekuwam said the minors aged between three months and 6 years suffered slightly over 40 percent body burns.

Dr. Chirchir however faulted local authorities for failing to fight alcohol and drug abuse in the area.

Changaa consumption, which is illegal in Kenya, still remains prominent as most brewers deem it as their only way of making a living.

It is mostly prepared in slums and rural areas and sold at a relatively low price ranging from Ksh.10-50.

Some of the adverse effects of chang’aa include blindness, memory loss and addiction.

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