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Lempu records six new cases of mass hysteria

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Lempu Junior Secondary School has recorded six new cases of mass hysteria bringing to 67, the number of cases recorded at the school as of January 20.

In March 2019, close to 200 learners from Lempu School showed signs of a rare disease which was diagnosed as mass hysteria and this led to temporary closure of the school.

The school after opening for a new academic year on January 14 this year continued to experience mass hysteria cases among the learners.

Assistant Minister of Basic Education, Ms Nnaniki Makwinja visited the school and met with staff and learners in Salajwe on Monday.

The purpose of the visit was to assess the impact caused by mass hysteria disease which has been haunting the school since last year.

Ms  Makwinja appealed to members of staff to remain calm and hopeful as the ministry management is working around the clock to find solution. 

Minister indicated that various options are being explored and soon a decision will be taken on what will be done to assist the affected learners.

The minister further met the community leaders among them Salajwe Kgosi and Councilors. 

The leaders advised the ministry to consider visiting some countries that have had similar outbreaks to learn on how it was addressed.

The Acting Permanent Secretary, Basic Education, Mr Simon Coles also appealed to everyone to come on board to assist in finding a lasting solution, especially parents of the affected learners.

According to mass hysteria is an outbreak of fatal dancing fits among members of the same community. Ends

Source : MOBE

Author : Ministry of Basic Education

Location : Gaborone

Event : Visit

Date : Jan 22 Wed,2020


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