SHARJAH: The death of two-year toddler Habiba Abdul Rahman in Sharjah was caused by chemical poisoning due to pesticides, authorities in emirate have confirmed citing forensic reports.
Aluminium phosphate, a highly dangerous pesticide, which leaked through the ventilation system from a neighbouring apartment killed Habiba and was also behind the critical condition of her six-year brother Abdul Rahman who is still at Al-Qassimi Hospital, representatives of the authorities revealed at a press briefing in Sharjah.
Habiba and Abdul Rahman were rushed to hospital last week where doctors had ruled out food poisoning as the cause of the children’s critical condition before they suspected chemical poisoning by the material used in the adjacent flat. The girl died and her brother survived and his condition is improving.
The press briefing was held by chairman of the Sharjah Media Corporation Sheikh Sultan Bin Ahmed Al-Qassimi, assistant director of Sharjah Municipality Sheikha Rasha Al Qassimi, director of media and public relations at Sharjah Police Colonel Sultan Abdullah Al Khayal, Head of the Forensics Laboratory at Sharjah Police Colonel Dr Abdul Kader Al Ameri, director of criminal investigation at Sharjah Police Colonel Jihad Bin Sahou and director of Sharjah Media Center Usama Samrah.