Panic has stricken the Sacred Heart Mukuku Girls High School after 28 students were hospitalized following an outbreak of malaria.
According to preliminary findings, a good number of sick students have been admitted to the nearby St. Elizabeth Mukumu Mission Hospital after testing positive for malaria and are undergoing treatment.
Others are receiving treatment at a private facility in Khayega.
The county health director, Dr. William Olaka, and health officers paid a visit to the school and took samples for testing to determine whether the sickness had spread to the school, which is near the Khayega market.
“Our preliminary investigations point to a malaria outbreak. We are still carrying out further investigations to establish what the other students could be suffering from,” Dr. Olaka said.
He assured parents and the school community that the students were receiving treatment and were in stable condition.
Students in the school reportedly don’t sleep under mosquito nets.
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