The Sacred Heart Mukumu Girls High School in Kakamega has been closed indefinitely after two girls died from suspected food and water contamination.
Area Education Director Jared Obiero confirmed the school’s closure on Monday, April 3, concerned that more students may become infected following an outbreak that has hospitalized at least 25 students.
On March 28, nearly 100 students from the school were brought to the hospital with fever and diarrhea.
Mr. Obiero stated that the Ministry of Health is still conducting investigations to ascertain the likely source of the contamination.
Two students died as a result of the infection, while others are still being treated at the nearby Kakamega Referral Hospital and St. Elizabeth Mukumu Mission Hospital.
Kakamega Senator Dr Boni Khalwale said that the school administration should be held accountable and legal actions taken against them.
“The school stands closed. The principal, bursars and business suppliers the school works with should all be apprehended,” Khalwale said.