On Friday, 11 Sacred Heart Mukumu Girls High School students fell ill and were rushed to the hospital.
Two students had malaria, and nine others were sent to the hospital because they were experiencing stomach aches and fatigue.
Doctors at St. Elizabeth Mukumu Mission Hospital are closely monitoring the students’ welfare after they were hospitalized there.
Sister Jane Mmbone, the school’s principal, confirmed the occurrence but reassured parents and students that there was no need for panic because the students were responding well to treatment.
“In fact, three of the students have been discharged after their condition improved and are back in school,” Mmbone said.
She explained that the other students had returned to school before fully recovering and were currently receiving treatment and adequately monitoring their condition.
The school has a nurse on staff in case any pupils become ill, and if necessary, they can be sent to a local hospital for more medical attention.
The school was closed indefinitely on April 3 following the outbreak of an illness linked to the contamination of water and food.
Approximately 240 pupils were hospitalized due to the outbreak at Kakamega County General Hospital and other public and private hospitals.
The students in Form Four were the first to report to school on May 8, accompanied by their parents, as the school finally reopened.
Students were counselled, those who had preexisting medical concerns were evaluated, and their information was documented so that they might receive appropriate care.
To avoid a repeat of the catastrophe, Education Cabinet Secretary Ezekiel Machogu ordered cereals in the stores at the school to be destroyed on April 15.
According to a postmortem performed last month, the three students and their teacher all died of multiple organ failure due to food poisoning and water contamination.
The school management cancelled all tenders for food suppliers and selected three interim suppliers who have been pre-qualified to supply food to other schools.
The water comes from the Tindinyo Water Treatment Plant and is supplied by the Ministry of Water via the Lake Victoria North Water Works and Development Agency (LVNWWDA).