Strange Disease Sparks Panic in Kenyan School

  • Students at Ihiga Secondary School in Kangema are a worried lot after a strange disease broke out in the school.

    According to health officials in the area, the disease is characterised by swollen palms and ankles, making it difficult to carry out daily tasks in school.

    Sources allege that some of the students have been greatly affected by the disease to the extent of seeking alternative means to write exams and wash their clothes.


    The Standard also reported that a section of the students had been warned against sharing the information with strangers.

    One parent attributed the disease to the congestion in dormitories and poor sanitation, further adding that doctors had not established the root cause of the disease.

    “After laboratory tests, the medics are yet to establish the cause of the disease but the pains on her right hands reduced,” remarked the parent.

    Kangema sub-county director of education Mr Paul Mungai, however, stated that the matter had not been reported to his office in good time.

    He divulged that as soon as he learnt about the disease, he contacted health officials to get to the root cause of the matter.

    “Immediately the information was received, I liaised with the department of public health to commence investigations to ascertain the cause of the disease,” remarked Mungai.

    Public Health Officer Mr Charles Wanjohi also assured parents that the matter would be handled with utmost speed as experts were already trying to figure out the cause of the disease.

    “Just learned of the development on Friday evening shortly after 5.30 pm and we shall act on the matter accordingly,” said Wanjohi.

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