Learning at The Sacred Heart Mukumu Girls High school in Shinyalu Sub-County has been suspended for three weeks. This follows an outbreak of diarrhoea at the school; a situation that has seen hundreds of students admitted in various health facilities including Kakamega County General Hospital and Mukumu Mission Hospital.
Speaking at the school Monday afternoon, H.E FCPA Governor Fernandes Barasa said the high number of students seeking medical attention informed the closure of the institution by the County Government in consultation with Officials from the Ministry of Education and the School’s Management, to allow for proper investigations by the relevant agencies.
In addition, the Governor said a multi-sectoral team comprised of experts from Water, Education and Health sectors will be set up to coordinate and generate regular reports on the situation. To ensure a thorough report is developed, the Governor revealed that the County will seek support and work closely with the Centre for Disease Control and Surveillance, expressing optimism that the interventions will sufficiently address the matter.
He further send his condolences to families, relatives and friends of the two students who lost their lives and wished a quick recovery to those currently hospitalised. The County Government will give free medical check up for students who reside within Kakamega County.
Later on the Governor toured Kakamega County General Teaching and Referral Hospital to check on the students who are recuperating at the facility. He used the opportunity to also commission Personal Protective Equipments (PPEs) worth KES 10 million that were donated to the government by Equity Bank.
The County boss thanked the financial institution for the donation and invited them to join the Kakamega Forest restoration campaign. He was accompanied with Deputy Governor H.E Ayub Savula and other leaders