Khasoko Boys’ High school in Bungoma was closed down on Wednesday after a student died.
According to the county executive committee member of health Dr Andrew Wamalwa, the late student was ailing from malaria.
The issue began on 17th May after students developed malaria like symptoms severe headaches and general body weakness.
Out of 1,128 students, 117 tested positive for malaria. Those who had severe malaria were 7 and those who had uncomplicated malaria were 40. The rest were treated and responded well to treatment.
Sadly, one who had severe symptoms died after he was reffered to Bungoma county referral hospital on 19th May.
On 24th May, health officials visited the school to check what was causing the illnesses. Samples of food and water taken confirmed that they were okay thus ruling out any similarities with cases witnessed at Mukumu Girls’ and Butere Boys’ High Schools in Kakamega last month.
However, the officials found out that the school lacked malaria preventive measures. They had not installed mosquito nets on the beds in the dormitory. In addition, the school was not sprayed at the beginning of the term to prevent Malaria.
The administration is yet to release a statement on the incident.
Last term, the school was closed indefinitely after a student got intestinal perforation and died while undergoing treatment. The administration said that it wouldn’t take risks considering that at the time, there were reported deaths at Mukumu Girls’ High School caused by water contamination.
Only form four students remained at the institution to complete their end of term exams since it was just a few days before the end of first term.
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