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Minister orders Lempu JSS closure

The Ministry of Basic Education has decided to close Lempu Junior Secondary School in Salajwe in the Letlhakeng Sub-district following an outbreak of a mysterious disease. 

Following today’s visit to Scottish Livingston Hospital in Molepolole where some affected pupils were admitted, Minister Bagalatia Arone announced that classes will resume on March 18. 

He said cause of the disease, which led to hospitalisation of 119 pupils (117 girls and two boys) was not yet known. 

Mr Arone applauded the District Health Management Team and Kweneng District Council for their timely response.

For his part, the Minister of Health and Wellness, Dr Alfred Madigele, said the pupils displayed abnormal walking and numbness in the lower limbs. 

Dr Madigele said a rapid response team made up of different health professionals had been set up to look into the cause of the disease, which some people believed was hysteria. 

He further said the pupils would need to be provided with psycho-social support to ensure their studies were not affected. 

Some of the pupils were reportedly getting better and according to one hospital official, they were engaging them in physical activities that seemed to help.

Meanwhile, when authorities in Letlhakeng received reports about the situation at Lempu JSS on Wednesday, they rushed to the school to offer urgent assistance.

The deputy district commissioner, sub-council authorities and regional education office staff organised a team of doctors to attend to the pupils, who were mostly boarding girls.

When briefing the district authorities on what had transpired, Lempu school head, Ms Barulaganye Moseki, said the disease started with three pupils on Monday and they were rushed to a clinic, but the nurse could not establish what the problem was.

She said the situation became worse from Tuesday where 14 cases were reported and by Wednesday midday the number had risen to 45. 

Vehicles were dispatched to fetch pupils who were taken home by their parents and by Wednesday evening, the number had ballooned to over 120. ENDS

 

 

 

Source : BOPA

Author : Tebagano Ntshole

Location : MOLEPOLOLE

Event : Interview

Date : Mar 07 Thu,2019

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