Alcohol Related Diseases Claim 162 in Moroto

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So far Nadunget has lost 82, Moroto Municipality 50, with the last death in Tapac with 30 people passing on due to alcohol related diseases.

At least 162 people in Nadunget and Tapac Sub Counties have allegedly died from excessive consumption of waragi commonly known as Enguli in the last three years.
 
So far Nadunget has lost 82, Moroto Municipality 50 with the least death in Tapac with 30 people passing on due to alcohol related diseases.
 
Authorities in Nadunget Sub County have identified LC1 leaders who have reportedly died due to excessive consumption of waragi as Apaloyerer from Nang'orikipi and Apaa'nailong of Kamelak village. Others are Kiyonga Loperengole-Akwapua and one Narwoth from Apeitawoi village. They all hail from Moroto district.
 
Max Lokabenyan, the Local Council Chairperson for Nadunget says the alcohol consumption trend needs to be reversed. He notes that the victims failed to heed to advice by various stakeholders prohibiting them from over consumption of alcohol despite several attempts.
 
He says,
 
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At Kosiroi mining site, Tapac Sub County, reports also indicate the gin also claiming lives as most of them drink to quell hunger.
 
Joseph Iriama, parish councilor - Kosiroi says in the last two months several babies, mothers and parents have died due to excessive consumption of alcohol. He explains that as people settle under the shed due to the high temperatures instead die off. He adds that others, we only find bones after months. He appeals to government to find means of restraining transportation and consumption of the local potent gin.
 
Rosemary Napeyok, the in-charge Nadunget Health Centre 111 says, the facility is overwhelmed by cases of alcoholism.  She adds that the communities drink on empty stomach, an issue that results into brain damage. She adds that the condition drains the glucose affecting the energy which limits chances of survival.
 
Moroto district council last year resolved to have drinking hours from mid-day to 9.00 pm a move that has failed implementation.