KCSE Candidate Succumbs to Covid-19 in Kakamega

  • An image of Lureko
    The main gate of Lureko Secondary School in Mumias West Constituency, Kakamega County.
  • A Form 4 student at Lureko Secondary School in Mumias West Constituency succumbed to the Covid-19 virus on Monday, November 16.

    The news was confirmed by Kakamega County Health Executive Dr Collins Matemba who noted that the student developed complications at home.

    Panic has engulfed Kakamega county after 10 other students from various schools have also tested positive for the deadly virus.

    Health officer administers a Covid-19 test on a local at Biafra Medical centre in Kamukunji on Friday, May 15, 2020.
    Health officer administers a Covid-19 test on a local at Biafra Medical centre in Kamukunji on Friday, May 15, 2020.

    "The student developed complications while at home and was taken to St Mary’s Mission Hospital in Mumias and later transferred to Lifecare Private Hospital in Bungoma.

    "But it was too little too late, she succumbed moments later," Dr. Matemba told The Standard.

    Matemba added that the parents also tested positive for Covid-19, and have since been placed under home-based care.

    Lureko is a girls, day public school in Kakamega county, with the death being the first recorded among students currently attending school.

    Another Form 4 girl from Mukumu Girls School tested positive for Covid-19 and was admitted at St Elizabeth Mukumu Mission Hospital.

    The girl is alleged to have eloped before her results returned, with the school principal, Fridah Amwayi claiming that her parents know her whereabouts, but were reluctant to disclose the location.

    Matemba added that the nine other students who tested positive are from St Peter’s Boys in Mumias with five currently admitted at Likuyani isolation facility.

    The three others are reportedly undergoing treatment at Mumias Level 4 hospital, with one placed under home-based care.

    The news of the death came after Education Cabinet Secretary Professor George Magoha released the 2021 school calendar.

    "I want to assure the country that the government is determined to ensure a safe reopening and learning in schools, in doing so we are drawing lessons from the partial reopening that has taken place since October.

    "We are confident that we will remain on the right trajectory to finding the winning formula," said Magoha.

    The country has been reporting a surge in the number of fatalities as more than 270 people have died in the last two weeks.

    An image of school girls
    Students being fumigated after schools across the country resumed learning on Monday 12 October 2020.