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2 changes made by CS Machogu during visit to Western Kenya

The CS visited the region following a disease outbreak that has claimed the lives of four people

Ezekiel Machogu

Education Cabinet Secretary, Ezekiel Machogu, on Saturday April 15 visited Mukumu Girls' School to assess the situation following a disease outbreak that led to the death of three students and a teacher.

During the visit, the CS disbanded the school's board of management and transferred the school's principal, Frida Ndolo, to another institution replacing her with Jane Mmbone.

Mmbone previously served as the Principal of Shikoti High Schoo, also in Kakamega County.

Machogu also ordered the sinking of the new borehole which is said to be in the same line as the sewarage system.

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During the visit, Machogu met with Governor Barasa and Western Regional Commissioner Samson Irungu to discuss the ongoing disease outbreak in the county which has also affected Butula Boys' High School.

According to a statement by Ag Director of Health Patrick Amoth, the disease presents with fever, abdominal pain/cramps, vomiting, and diarrhea.

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As at April 14, 627 patients have been taken ill; while nineteen (19) students are currently admitted in 7 health facilities across the country.

He said the patients are in stable condition. Unfortunately, four patients have succumbed to this illness.

The ministry said that the disease is likely to be a mixture of E. coli and Salmonella typhi which usually occurs if water sources are contaminated with these micro-organisms.

The diseases have high potential of person to person spread especially in congregate settings where people live and eat in close proximity.

The Ministry of Education and Kakamega County Government have since closed the two affected schools as further investigations continue.

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The Ministry of Health has taken several water, food, and human tissue samples, from which preliminary laboratory investigations undertaken have revealed Enterotoxigenic E. coli and Salmonella typhi as the causes of the illness.

Further laboratory investigations carried out on the grains and pulses for aflatoxin have turned negative for aflatoxicosis, a dangerous fungal infection from poorly stored cereal grains.

In addition, laboratory tests for Viral Hemorrhagic Fevers (VHFs) including Ebola Virus Disease (EVD), Marburg Virus Disease (MVD), Leptospirosis, and Crimean-Congo Hemorrhagic Fever (CCHF), Dengue Fever, Rift Valley Fever (RVF), and West Nile Virus have all turned negative.

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