Pupil dies as malaria hits Elgeyo Marakwet
Grade ThreeChepkok blamed the pupil’s death on her parents’ refusal to have the child admitted as admitted. The Grade Three pupil died on Tuesday last week. The girl had reportedly been taken to Chesongoch Mission Hospital two days before she died, and was diagnosed with malaria. She went home only to return to hospital the following night in critical condition. The hospital’s nurse-in-charge Lillian Raymond said 80 malaria patients were admitted in the facility against a bed capacity of 56, forcing them to share beds.
SEE ALSO :MPs warn of drugs crisis“The number of malaria cases keeps rising every day. We are admitting 20 patients daily. The number of outpatient cases are even more,” Sr Lillian said. She added: “We ran out of anti-malaria drugs on Wednesday and I had to rush to Eldoret at 4am to procure more medicines.” County Director of Health Services William Kendagor has attributed the sudden rise in malaria cases to the ongoing rains and high temperatures, which produce favourable breeding conditions for mosquitoes.
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