Sister Jane Mmbone Amukoya has been named as the new Principal of the Sacred Heart Mukumu Girls High School. This was announced by the Cabinet Secretary for Education Ezekiel Machogu on Saturday while on a tour of the institution in the company of Kakamega Governor H.E FCPA Fernandes Barasa.
The school was closed down two weeks ago after hundreds of students got hospitalized with symptoms of diarrhoea, vomiting and stomach pains.
Addressing the media on the incident that has led to the death of 3 students and a teacher, all believed to have consumed contaminated food and water, the two leaders issued preventive measures to help prepare the institution for reopening which will also see a new Board of Management set up from Monday next week.
Among the measures announced were destruction of the existing food stock, sinking of a borehole and installation of a water purification equipment at the institution; as recommended by a multisectoral team comprising of officers and professionals from both levels of Government.
They further announced that County Public Health Officers will be required to conduct a thorough audit in learning institutions in Kakamega County to ascertain their levels of food and water safety as well as the state of sanitation and infrastructure to inform on required actions.
The duo also advised affected parents and guardians to closely monitor health behaviours of their children and quickly seek medical si attention in Government health facilities should there arise manifestation of similar symptoms.
Butere Boys High School was also closed after learners presented similar symptoms. Upon resumption of studies at Mukumu Girls, the learners will undergo counseling.
A Presidential directive will see Mukumu Girls and Butere Boys High Schools each receive KES 5 Million and KES 20 Million respectively for infrastructural development.
Also present were Rt. Rev. Bishop Joseph Obanyi, Principal Secretary for Higher Education Dr. Beatrice Inyangala, KPA Board Member Dr. Consolata Lusweti, CECM Education Mr. Godfrey Owuori, County Secretary Dr. Bonface Okoth, Chief Officers and Health staff.