Form One girl dies, five in hospital as malaria spreads
SEE ALSO :Bett wins Iten cross countryThree other students from the same school, also in Form One, were rushed to the hospital with malaria-related symptoms at the weekend and are still admitted. Two other students from neighbouring schools are also admitted with malaria symptoms. Elgeyo Marakwet Health Executive Kiprono Chepkok confirmed that the 14-year-old student died of malaria. Mr Chepkok said the student died shortly after arrival at the Iten hospital. He said there are three other cases reported at neighbouring St Patrick’s High, Kessup Girls’ and Mutei Girls’ secondary schools.
SEE ALSO :Agencies clash over two water projectsChepkok said the affected students are from malaria-prone Siaya, Kisumu and Kakamega counties. He said the infected students may have contracted the disease in their home counties, dismissing fears of a malaria outbreak in Elgeyo Marakwet county. “We suspect that this is a case of transit malaria because the secondary schools are located in highland areas of Elgeyo Marakwet, which is not a malaria-prone zone,” Chepkok said. Chepkok said the admitted students were in stable condition. Efforts to get a comment from school principal were futile but a source at the institution said the student was unwell since last Monday when she was admitted.
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