Toxic gin survivors in Uganda go blind – medic

A toxic gin concoction that killed 14 people in north-western Uganda has left others blind, a doctor has told the country’s Daily Monitor newspaper.

All the victims are believed to have consumed a locally manufactured spirit called City 5 Pineapple Flavoured Gin over the weekend in Madi-Okollo district.

“These people have now lost their sight, some of them partially, while others are completely blind. Partially means they can still have a degree of vision but not what they used to have,” said Dr Onesmus Misoa from the Arua Referral Hospital.

Police have arrested four people over the incident while the owner of a gin manufacturing plant is on the run. (BBC)

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