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Ashanti Region: Elderly woman dies in bee attack during Good Friday church service

A routine visit to church on Good Friday took a tragic turn for an elderly woman when she was attacked by a swarm of angry bees, resulting in her untimely death.

The incident occurred at a local Catholic Church in Owuoso, situated in the Sekyere South District of the Ashanti Region, as congregants gathered for service.

According to reports, the bees launched their assault as the worshippers exited the church onto the main road to conclude the day’s events.

The sudden attack left many of them scrambling for safety as they were repeatedly stung by the enraged insects.

Assemblyman Akwasi Tawia, representing the Owuoso Electoral Area, recounting the harrowing ordeal to Asaase News said non-members were also not spared.

“What happened is a sad one. We haven’t seen such a thing before. We still can’t ascertain the source of the swarm of bees. We were told they were praying in church when they were attacked by the swarm of bees. Even a teacher and her Canadian guest were also attacked. Most of them, including the Reverend Father had to take cover”.

“The elderly woman suffered severe injury and so she was rescued and rushed to the Agona Government Hospital, but died moments later. Those who survived with minor injuries were being treated at the same hospital, even most of them have been discharged”.

What triggered the bees attack is still not clear. Traditional authorities are set to perform rituals to avert an impending calamity that could hurt the town.

A bee sting is the wound and pain caused by the stinger of a female bee puncturing skin. Bee stings differ from insect bites, with the venom of stinging insects having considerable chemical variation.

The reaction of a person to a bee sting may vary according to the bee species. While bee stinger venom is slightly acidic and causes only mild pain in most people.

A long-standing home remedy for reducing the discomfort of a bee sting is to apply wet aspirin — or aspirin paste — to the sting site.

Reporting By Jonathan Ofori, Ashanti Region

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