Kakamega County has experienced a suspected gastroenteritis outbreak at Mukumu Girls’ and Butere Boys’ High Schools, with 2 deaths reported.
On Wednesday April 5, Cabinet Secretary for Health, Dr. Nakhumicha S. Wafula, visited the schools with Principal Secretary for Basic Education, Belio Kipsang, Kakamega County Governor, H.E Fernandes Barasa, and Regional Commissioner, Mr. Samson Irungu Macharia, to assess the situation and released the report.
The Cabinet Secretary announced that a multi-sectoral technical team comprising of professionals from the Ministries of Water, Environment, Education, and Health has been set up to handle the myriad of issues affecting the two schools.
The team is working round the clock to ensure the issues identified are solved promptly to ensure the two schools are reopened immediately after the Easter holidays.
Dr. Nakhumicha thanked the County Government for the excellent care it has offered to the affected students, leading to many of them recovering and being discharged early.
Education PS Dr. Belio Kipsang also expressed that the Ministry of Education will work closely with the Ministry of Health and the two schools to ensure they are offered the necessary help they need.