Two Moi Girls’ students with serious burns to stay in hospital
‘We had 10 students admitted and we have discharged five’
Two of the Moi Girls’ School students with serious burns will stay in the Nairobi Women’s Hospital longer.
Eight students lost their lives in a dormitory fire in the wee hours of Saturday morning.
Nairobi Women’s Hospital CEO Felix Wanjala yesterday said the two suffered 66 per cent and 18 per cent burns, respectively.
They will have to stay at the hospital for two to three weeks.
“We had 10 students admitted and we have discharged five. We still have five admitted,” Wanjala told the press at the hospital.
“Of the five, we have three who we are confident will go home tomorrow [today]. That leaves us with two.”
He said the state will foot the medical bill as Education CS Fred Matiang’i had promised.
The CS visited the hospitals on Saturday. He later visited two more students at the Nairobi Hospital.
The CEO said four counsellors from the hospital’s gender violence recovery were helping the students and parents come to terms with the tragedy.
One of the students was referred to Gertrude’s Children’s Hospital, following a request from her parents.
Wanjala said 51 students were admitted, but 40 have been discharged.
He said the one with 66 per cent burns will need reconstructive surgery, but at the moment they are treating her wounds.
“We have the capacity to do reconstructive surgery,” he said.
At least 10 students have been listed as missing at the Kenya Red Cross Society information desk at the school.
Yesterday, parents trooped to the hospital to find out the condition of their children.
Titus Wanjala and his wife Zippy visited the hospital, where their 14-year-old girl is admitted.
The two said they learned about the incident when a teacher called them.
“Tasha was brought in on Saturday and she is doing well. She will be discharged today [yesterday],” they said. Zippy said their daughter inhaled carbon dioxide and had been placed under 24 hours observation.
“The school and government has been very supportive as each teacher has a list of the students,” Wanjala said. The government has meanwhile closed down the school for two weeks.
A parent is assisted after a fire killed eight students at Moi Girls’ High School, Nairobi, on Saturday