Sunday 28 August 2022 – 11:22
The Ugandan authorities reported the death of at least 17 people, and the transfer of others to hospitals as a result of poisoning caused by the consumption of an adulterated alcoholic beverage in the north of the country.
The head of the Uganda National Bureau of Standards said, in a press release, that the victims, who come from the town of Arua in northern Uganda, drank a local alcoholic beverage containing methanol, a type of toxic alcohol that it is sometimes used as antifreeze.
The aforementioned Ugandan official explained that “the laboratory analyzes carried out on samples that the police kept in the kiosk where the products were sold, showed that the alcoholic beverage contained a very high level of methanol.”
“It is possible that the perpetrators have deliberately used methanol as a less expensive alternative to increase the potency of the beverage, instead of the ethanol that is commonly used in the alcoholic beverage industry,” said the same spokesman.
Local police arrested four suspects; Among them is the brewer and the owner of the kiosk. It also closed the alcohol production site.
It is noteworthy that Uganda usually records deaths as a result of the consumption of adulterated alcoholic beverages; Most recently, in June 2017, 11 people died in the city of Nansana after consuming a contraband alcoholic beverage.