Confirmed: Tononoka High School Principal Succumbed to Covid-19, Check Out What Education Officials in the County Said about the Incident
Fear has gripped Mombasa County residents and their leaders following the demise of Tononoka Secondary School principal where 11 teachers tested positive for the virus a few days ago.
Confirming the news, County education chief officer John Musave said that the late Mohammed Khamis took his last breath at the Mombasa Hospital where he was undergoing treatment in the Intensive Care Unit.
Multiple sources have also revealed that Khamis was among the 11 teachers who were infected with the virus in school before learning was suspended for 14 days.
Our media team is yet to verify whether the Principal was a victim of other pre-existing conditions that may have contributed to his sudden death.
“Yes, I can confirm that Khamis has died. I cannot tell you whether he was one of the teachers infected with the virus,” said Musuve.
Preliminary reports from the hospital show that Mr. Khamis was admitted at the ICU after he developed breathing difficulties immediately after he was rushed to the hospital on October 15.
Mombasa County Commissioner Gilbert Kitiyo last week said that 11 teachers from Tononoka Secondary School and four from Star of the Sea Girls High School had tested positive for Coronavirus.
The two schools, both located within the Mombasa Central Business District, remain closed until further notice.
Unconfirmed reports have also indicated that a teacher at another third school in Mombasa County has been taken ill with Covid-19-related symptoms and is currently admitted at the Coast Provincial General Hospital, ICU unit
The Standard Digital has also established that some students in the two schools-Tonoka and Star of the Sea, have also contracted the virus.
“I can confirm that at Star of the Sea Girls High School, four teachers turned positive. More samples from staff members have been collected and results are yet to be released,” said Kitiyo last week.
“At Tononoka Secondary School, the number was a bit high, with 11 cases confirmed and the two institutions have been closed for two weeks,” he added.
Parents have expressed anger over the turn of events and demanded that the government rolls out mandatory testing for all the students and teachers before they re-open the schools.
Mr. Khamis has been laid to rest at Kikowani cemetery.
During the Mashujaa Day celebrations, Governor Hassan Ali Joho lamented over spiking infections in Mombasa amid fear that the county was experiencing a second wave of the virus.
“We are seeing a spiral effect in new infections, resulting in all emergency beds being taken up by people who have turned positive,” Kitiyo said.