St. Theresa’s Eregi Girls High School was shut down after an outbreak of an unknown disease affected the school.
The administration released a statement mentioning the reason for the decision made and the way forward. The decision to send students home was reached after the school administration and county government officials held a meeting at the institution.
Consequently, the form one, two and three students were sent on break for one week as the school and the county government continued to investigate the disease.
They could not release the Form Four students, however, due to the National Examinations coming up at the end of the term. They would continue learning in school as they prepare for the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) exams set to start in late October.
“The BOM, Ministry of Education officials, TSC representatives, and the school’s sponsor agreed to allow Form 1, 2, and 3 students to break temporarily and are expected to report back next week once the situation has been carefully assessed and necessary measures put in place to prevent any recurrence of a similar situation,” read the statement.
In addition to the TSC representatives, the parents’ representatives were also part of the meeting held in the region. They advocated for sending the students home to help the school manage the spread of the disease and protect the students from getting infected.
What is happening at Eregi girls? Never seen such a disease. pic.twitter.com/4EYQFSEZ7S— Propesa (@Propesaa) October 4, 2023
Outbreak of the Disease
The Kakamega County administration mentioned that the health officials in the region were working with the Ministry of Health to deal with the mysterious disease. This includes the cause, and means of spreading alongside the type of disease itself.
Furthermore, the blood samples were taken from the 95 students affected by the disease in the school. These samples were sent to the Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI) in Nairobi and Kisumu for analysis.
“The County government commits to ensure the safety and well-being of all students in learning institutions and assures that efforts will be made to create a conducive learning environment where students can thrive academically, free from disruptions and harm,” read the statement in part.
The school’s administration first noted that there was a disease outbreak after 95 students started experiencing difficulty walking in the school. Consequently, the school immediately called the students’ parents and sought medical intervention.
Health officials are currently monitoring the progress of the 95 students affected by the disease. The students have been admitted to different hospitals in Kakamega County where they are seeking treatment for the disease.
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