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Education ministry temporarily closes Eregi Girls High School

Education Cabinet Secretary Ezekiel Machogu is set to visit the institution.

Education CS Ezekiel Machogu

The Ministry of Education has temporarily closed down St. Theresa's Eregi Girls' High School in Kakamega after a significant number of students were hospitalized due to a mysterious illness.

The situation at the school escalated on Tuesday and Wednesday as students went on a rampage, demanding to be allowed to go home amidst the outbreak of the mysterious illness.

The Board of Management, in consultation with Ministry of Education officials and the Teachers Service Commission, made the decision to allow Form 1, 2, and 3 students to break temporarily.

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They are expected to report back next week once the situation has been thoroughly assessed and necessary measures are in place to prevent any recurrence.

The county officials, including the County Executive Committee Member for Education, Science, and Technology Bonface Okoth and Health Services counterpart Benard Wesonga, visited the school to assess the situation.

More than 95 students have been hospitalized, and their blood samples have been sent to the Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI) in Nairobi and Kisumu for further analysis.

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Initial laboratory tests indicated that the affected students had elevated electrolyte levels, signifying fluid loss.

Electrolytes are crucial for the basic functioning of the human body, and the loss of these can occur due to prolonged or severe diarrhoea and sweating.

The county government is prioritizing the safety and well-being of students, working diligently to ensure a conducive learning environment.

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