Friday last week saw more than 150 fourth year Strathmore students get hospitalized to different health centers due to a food poisoning incidence. According to a memo circulated in the school, the affected students are said to have been in attendance at the university’s seniors dinner when things went haywire.
It is reported that shortly after dinner most of the scholars started complaining of rising fever, stomach pains, while others had running stomachs as well as vomiting.
Some of the admitted students are in critical conditions with others experiencing severe dehydration. Speaking on the incident through a memo, Strathmore’s PRO, Betty Ngala wrote, “this is to let you know of the regrettable incident of food poisoning that occurred last Friday 20th March, to our 4th year students, and staff members who attended the Seniors Dinner.”
Strathmore University management has agreed to foot all the medical bills of its in-patient students. In a statement released by Betty Ngala, the institution said it will take the responsibility and pay all hospital fees.
Concerned parents and guardians of the hospitalized students have since made moves and shown every intention of suing the institution over the shocking incidence. However, the school’s management has not yet revealed the name of the caterer, an act that is raising more questions than answers. KEMRI (Kenya Medical Research Institute) has collected samples of the food for further analysis and investigations of what might have caused the poisoning.
One of the bedridden students has expressed his disappointment in the university for stooping their standards too low on maters of healthy feeding. An irked Kammie Mutegi told Nation, “I am so disappointed in the school, they have such high standards educational wise you would think they would have the same standards in their activities! So sad, it’s been two days and I am not well. That catering company must have been at it to kill us prolly (probably), I have never seen food poisoning work so fast!! Anyway we shall recover and graduate.”