Mukumu Girls death toll rises to four as boarding mistress succumbs to complications
An Eldoret hospital has reported the death of a senior teacher who also served as the boarding mistress at Sacred Heart Mukumu Girls’ High School in Kakamega County.
Ms. Juliana Mujema passed away at 5:45 p.m. on Thursday at LifeCare Specialty Hospital, where she had been referred from Oasis Hospital in Kakamega County on Wednesday in a severe condition.
She was hospitalized while experiencing what medical professionals described as liver and kidney damage brought on by poisons in her food and drink. The patient had six pints of blood transfused into him or her on Wednesday afternoon at the Eldoret hospital. She passed away today while receiving the eighth pint, and the medical personnel who treated her said she had bled heavily.
Two days after two kids passed away and other pupils were hospitalized with vomiting, diarrhea, and dizziness on April 2, Ms. Mujema, a mother of two and an English and Literature teacher at the school, became unwell and was admitted to Oasis Hospital in Kakamega County.
The teacher was taken to two other hospitals in Kakamega with renal and liver issues, according to her brother Amos Ngira, and was then referred to Lifecare. “Initially, my sister was suffering from diarrhoea and vomiting but the situation kept on deteriorating. She was placed in ICU at Oasis Hospital before she was transferred to Eldoret,” said Mr Ngira.
Hours before she died on Thursday evening, her brother had expressed worry about her condition.
“The patient is at our Intensive Care Unit and had undergone a massive blood transfusion,” said Dr Raul Kaushik, who is in charge of critical care at the facility.
He said the patient had been placed on strong antibiotics and that more tests are being carried out to determine the nature of the disease.
“It took us some time to resuscitate the patient. Her blood pressure was very low and she was bleeding,” said Dr Raul. The English and literature instructor was initially admitted to Bliss Hospital and then transferred to Oasis Hospital in Kakamega for additional care before being referred to Life Care in Eldoret.
After three students died and more than 200 others were taken to various hospitals across the nation, Mr. Ngira urged the Mukumu Girls Board of Management to continue investigating the situation.
“The situation has overwhelmed the country referral hospital and other primary health care centres and needs the intervention of Kemri,” said Mr Ngira.