A five-year-old child has died while another is in a critical condition at the United Bulawayo Hospitals (UBH) following a suspected case of food poisoning, police reported.
The child died while waiting to be attended to by nurses at Simwambizi clinic in Avoca area in Filabusi. The was taken to hospital on Christmas Day at about 3pm and was not attended to, as there were no nurses at the clinic.
Police identified the deceased child as Nkosinomusa Sibanda and the other as Mduduzi Sibanda - all from Clever Sibanda's homestead in Mpumelelo Village under Chief Mabula, Fibalusi.
Matabelend South police provincial spokesperson Inspector Philisani Ndebele said the two children had spent the day playing and started complaining of stomach pains in the evening.
"Nkosinomusa and Mduduzi spent the day before Christmas playing with other children from their village. Later they went to their grandmother's homestead, which is in the same area, as they were going to spend the night there. In the evening they started complaining of stomach aches," said the police spokesperson.
Insp Ndebele said the condition of the two children worsened in the following morning, as they were excreting liquid stools. He said they were later taken to a clinic where Nkosinomusa died while waiting to receive medical attention.
"At about 3pm on Christmas Day their condition had worsened, as they were exctering liquid stools and they were taken to Simwambizi Clinic. Upon reaching to the clinic, there were no nurses who could attend to the children. Nkosinomusa died while waiting for nurses. The other child was later treated after nurses finally arrived and was referred to UBH, as his condition had worsened," he narrated.
Insp Ndebele said the incident was reported to the police, who were carrying out investigations. He said the body of the deceased child was taken to Filabusi hospital for post mortem. He added that the other child, Mduduzi was still in a critical condition at UBH.