Investigations are being conducted concerning the deaths of five Waakye customers and the hospitalization of forty other customers at Bush Canteen Junction in Oyibi, Greater Accra Region. On Friday, January 20, 2023, the sad tragedy took place, leaving the locals shocked and terrified at the same time. The waakye vendor, also known as Yellow Sisi, and a few of her family members who had consumed the meal were taken to the hospital because of severe stomach pains.
A lotto salesman and a pregnant woman are among those who perished after consuming the well-known Waakye. The event was so serious that the nearest hospital, Valley View Hospital, reportedly had to turn away some patients in order to refer them to other hospitals because it was unable to serve everyone who was taken to the center for treatment. It is still unknown what caused the poisoning.
The incidence was reported to the Daily Graphic by Dr. Esther Danquah of the Kpone Katamanso District Hospital, who also said that more inquiry was proceeding to elucidate more specifics.
“As at now, some other people are still visiting the hospital and, therefore, until all the necessary laboratory tests are complete, we cannot give specific data on the number of people who have been affected or whether it was indeed a case of food poisoning,” she said.
A widow of one of the deceased men narrated that her husband died on Monday, January 23 at the St John’s Hospital at Amrahia, after complaining of stomach ache and diarrhoea.
“He started complaining that Friday that he was not feeling well, but we thought it was a normal thing. It was later when it became severe that we rushed him to the hospital but he did not survive,” the sad widow recounted. The Yellow Sisi Waakye joint has been closed down while both the Oyibi Police and the Food and Drugs Authority have launched investigations into the incident.