School Closed Indefinitely Over Suspected Poisoning. Sacred Heart Mukumu Girls High School in Kakamega County has been closed indefinitely following the death of two students after suspected water or food poisoning
Mr. Jared Obiero Regional Education director on Monday morning, April 3, has confirmed that the school had been closed Indefinitely due to suspected food or water poisoning that has seen over two hundred girls Hospitalized.
Fearing that more students could end up being infected by the disease that is yet to be disclosed, the school has to be closed immediately to avert further spread of the disease. So far some girls have been discharged from the hospital after receiving treatment with about twenty five girls still Hospitalized.
On March 28, several students from the school were admitted to the hospital kakamega County General hospital with fever, vomiting, stomachache and diarrhoea symptoms.
Samples were then collected from the hospitalized girls and were taken to Kenya Medical Research Institute for analysis. The school management through the board of management chairperson issued a statement saying that they are waiting for the results from the analysis so that the school can put measures in place to control the spread of the disease.
Mr Obiero regional director has said that investigations by the Ministry of Health are still underway to find out the possible source of the alleged contamination.
Two girls lost their lives in the wake of the infection and some are still Hospitalized to nearby hospitals I.e.Kakamega Referral Hospital and St Elizabeth Mukumu Mission Hospital.
Kakamega Senator Dr Boni Khalwale said that the school administration should be held accountable and legal actions taken against them for not taken drastic actions at the wake of the infection. Senator Khalwale has said that the school Principal, the bursar and the school supplier should be arrested.
Following the death of the two students due to the infection the school has been closed Indefinitely.