UN halts food distribution after recipients fall sick

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UN World Food Program (WFP) has announced that it has stopped the distribution of blended food in Uganda after reports of recipients falling sick in the north eastern part of the country.

The food aid agency said that scores of recipients of Super Cereal, a fortified blended food, got sick and admitted to health centers in the semiarid region of Karamoja.

“As a precaution in case Super Cereal is linked to outbreaks of sickness, WFP is stopping distributing Super Cereal in all its operations in Uganda including in refugee settlements across the country and in its Maternal Child Health and Nutrition program in Karamoja,” the WFP said.

The agency also  said over 90 cases, including 12 children under the age of five, were admitted with symptoms including confusion and high fever on Saturday in Napak district in Karamoja, a day after their families received the food aid. Other cases have also been registered in the region.

Super Cereal was provided by the WFP through 44 government health centers across Karamoja to pregnant or breastfeeding women, and children between 6 and 59 months as an attempt to offer adequate nutrition.

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