Grief has gripped Kampi Mapesa Primary School in Likuyani Sub County of Kakamega County following the death of a candidate expected to sit for this year’s Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE).
Likuyani Sub County Director of Education David Munialo confirmed the sad incident which occurred on Tuesday morning, just hours to official start of the KCPE examination.
The deceased, Miriam Khaveleli, passed on at about 12.10 am at Lugulu Mission Hospital in Bungoma where she had been referred for further treatment, according to her mother, Mrs. Mary Auma.
Speaking to members of press at their home in Kampi Mapesa, Auma recounted events leading to the daughter’s demise, which has left family members, relatives and community in sorrow.
According to the mother, the Khaveleli development breathing complications accompanied with high fever on Thursday last week.
The deceased was then taken to Turbo Health Centre where she was diagnosed with malaria and treated before she was discharged.
“However, her condition did not show signs of improving, but instead deteriorated, forcing us to rush her Lumakanda County Hospital on Sunday where doctors failed to identify the problem, despite putting her on various diagnostic tests,” recounted Auma.
It was then that the doctors referred Khaveleli, who was in a critical condition, to Lugulu Mission Hospital.
“The same scenario played out at Lugulu where concerted efforts by medics again failed to diagnose the exact ailment afflicting my child,” added the tearful mother, recalling how medical practitioners had raised hopes about the possibility of the daughter taking exams from the facility.
Zachariah Shitamani Muhazi, father to the deceased was equally devastated. The sub county director of education described the deceased as a hardworking pupil who was expected to register good marks in her exams.
By time of going to press, the body was still at the Mission Hospital pending clearance of medical bill before being removed to Chebaiywa Funeral Home in Uasin Gishu County.