A little girl has died in Lilongwe city after taking a poisonous liquid which her father had bought.
The father, Dr Kumwenda who is Aresident of area 25C sector 3 in Lilongwe, on Saturday bought the poisonous chemical in a small bottle so that he should use it to kill termites which were eating plants.
After buying the chemical, he put it in his vehicle behind the driver’s seat. On Sunday he went with his daughter to the family’s garden and during the journey he put the girl in the back seat.
He plucked guavas at the garden and gave some of them to the girl. They set off on the journey back home with the girl again seating behind the driver’s seat.
While Kumwenda was driving, the child took the poisonous liquid, opened it and drank it. The father noticed a strong smell in the car and asked the girl if she had taken the substance but she could not respond.
Kumwenda gave her milk and she started vomiting immediately. He then rushed with her to Area 25 hospital where efforts to rescue her life yielded no tangible results and she sadly passed away.
The dead body was later taken to Kamuzu Central Hospital for a post-mortem.