In a concerning turn of events, 95 schoolgirls in western Kenya have been hospitalized due to a mysterious illness, resulting in the indefinite closure of their school. St.
Theresa’s Eregi Girls High School, situated approximately 374 kilometers (232 miles) northwest of Nairobi, found itself grappling with this enigmatic ailment that has affected a substantial number of its students.
Reports from local media indicate that the students have fallen victim to an illness that has left them with paralyzed legs, rendering many of them unable to walk.
The gravity of the situation prompted a meeting between school administrators and officials from the Education Ministry, culminating in the decision to close the school until further notice.
A statement released by the school administration has shed light on their plan of action. It was disclosed that the affected students would be permitted to return to school once a comprehensive assessment of the situation is conducted, and the necessary measures are implemented to ensure their well-being.
Bonface Okoth, a county education official, addressed the media on Wednesday, revealing that a total of 95 students had been admitted to hospitals to receive the medical attention they urgently require.
The nature of this mysterious illness has not yet been disclosed, leaving both the school and health officials on high alert.
In response to the situation, blood samples collected from the afflicted students have been dispatched to the Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI) laboratories.
These samples will undergo rigorous testing to determine the nature and origin of the ailment, as well as to formulate appropriate treatment protocols.
As health experts diligently work to unravel the mystery surrounding this illness, the county has issued a plea to parents and guardians.
They are encouraged to maintain vigilance and closely monitor the health of their children, particularly those who may have been affected.
This collaborative effort aims to identify the root causes of the illness and establish effective containment measures, ensuring the safety and well-being of the students.