Two people have died after they took beer on an empty stomach in the northern region of Malawi, Nkhata Bay, News Watch Reviews has learnt.
Speaking to Nkhata Bay Police relations officer, Ignatius Esau told News Watch Reviews that the first incident happened at Chitheka area where a 42 year old man identified as Daniel Kamugoti died after taking excessive beer on an empty stomach.
“On May 5, 2017 he went to Mzuzu to sell timbers and on his way back home, he stopped at a certain beer drinking joint where he started taking some beers. However he didn’t report back home and was found dead the next day in the bush”, said Esau.
In a related development, Esau said a 55 year old man identified as Michael Manda has also died after taking beer on an empty stomach.
“On May 5, 2017, the deceased received his monthly payment at Kawalazi Estate and he later engaged himself in beer drinking. After getting drunk and weak, his relatives took him home only to die on the way”, concluded Esau.
Postmortem in both incidents showed that deaths were due to hypoglycaemia secondary to taking alcohol on an empty stomach.
Daniel Kamugoti hailed from Kasankha village under Traditional Authority Kaomba in Kasungu district while Michael Manda hailed from Chiwawa village in the area of Traditional Authority Kabunduli in Nkhata Bay distirict.
In a bid to reduce such kind of deaths, police in the district through its community policing branch, will in the next coming weeks engage in sensitising the communities on the dangers of taking beers on an empty stomach.