A 20 year old Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) candidate has died after battling with sickle cell anemia in Rangwe Sub County of Homa Bay County.
Belinda Atieno, a student at Nyawita Secondary School died upon arrival at Matata Nursing Hospital in Oyugi Town where she was rushed for specialised treatment Tuesday night.
According to the School Principal, George Olueya, the student has been suffering from anemia for most of the year due to her sickle cell condition.
Olueya further revealed that the condition of the student worsened at the beginning of this term which caused her to be on and off in the school.
The Principal reiterated that the deceased has been undertaking her exams since its inception and yesterday morning her condition deteriorated and she was rushed to Nyawita dispensary for treatment where she also sat Tuesday’s papers.
The candidate was later referred to Asumbi Mission Hospital where she was treated and taken back to Nyawita dispensary and at night she was transferred to Matata Hospital for specialised treatment where she succumbed to the disease upon arrival.
Confirming the incident to KNA, the Rangwe Sub County Police Commander, Jane Sang said that the candidate passed away upon arrival at Matata hospital for treatment.
Sang added that the deceased’s body has been moved to Matata Morgue awaiting post-mortem.
By Naomi Wandede/Davis Langat