Amabuko Secondary School Students Hospitalised With Stomach Pains, Diarrhoea Now Stable

All 174 students from Amabuko Secondary School in Masaba, Kisii County, who had been admitted to various hospitals over food poisoning complications are in stable condition.

Masaba South sub-county Health director Dr. Evans Monda has confirmed that many of the students have been discharged with only a few remaining in hospital.

Dr. Monda added that the cause of the complications has however not been established as medics are still collecting samples of the food the students ate for laboratory examination.

Speaking to Egesa FM on Tuesday morning, Monda urged parents to remain calm and there is no reason for panic.

“Most of them have already gone back to school it is only a few who were left because they had other issues,” he said.

According to reports, 23 students were treated at Keroka Sub County Hospital for severe stomach pains, with an additional 76 students admitted to Gucha Maternity Hospital and 55 others admitted to St Catherine Ichuni Mission Hospital, all of whom were experiencing similar symptoms.

Some 20 students in critical condition have been transferred to Kisii Teaching and Referral Hospital with county ambulances around 6:00 a.m. on Monday.

While the exact cause of the illness is unknown, the complications are suspected to be caused by a meal consumed by the students on Sunday night.

In July 163 students of Ikonge Pag girls were admitted to various Nyamira county hospitals and it was later established that they had used contaminated water.

This has raised a concern among stakeholders in the education sector among them parents over the safety of food students consume in schools.

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