Two Kalamare students dead and several hospitalized following bouts of vomit, bleeding and fainting
An unknown virus and strange disease has engulfed a primary school in Kalamare, leaving at its wake two dead students and several others were reportedly hospitalized in Mahalapye.
Students affected by this strange disease vomit, bleed through the mouth and ears and then collapse. The Kalamare Primary School has already lost two standard five students.
40-year-old Gaorutwe Ntwaetsile is grieving the death of her 11- year-old daughter, Ratanang who complained of abdominal pains and was deceased within 24 hours. Her classmate, Kagiso Peloentle, 12, died from the same symptoms.
Ntwaetsile can’t believe her bubbly daughter is no more.
She relates her ordeal: “My daughter arrived home from school complaining of abdominal pains on May 13th. I took her to the clinic. The pains appeared to have abated.
“The following day she started to throw up around 6 in the evening. She was vomiting black liquid and I took her back to the clinic the next morning. She was then rushed to Mahalapye hospital where she started bleeding thick blood through the mouth and ears.
“Within 30 minutes of arrival at the hospital she passed on,” the deceased’s mother Gaorutwe Ntwaetsile pointed out.
In another incident, a 12-year-old boy, Kagiso Peloentle also died mysteriously. His distraught mother, Segopodiso Peloentle, 36, related: “He was having difficulty in breathing and I took him to the clinic. Although he was asthmatic I got worried when he started vomiting the following morning and rushed him to the clinic. He was taken to Mahalapye hospital where he died a few hours after arrival,” explained Kagiso’s mother.
Segopodiso, however, could not discuss further details on her only child’s death as she said the village chief has warned them not to discuss the matter with the media.
Although some blamed evil spirits for the mysterious deaths at Kalamare primary school, a scientific doctor suspects that a virus could be the problem.
Dr Mambo Mudisi, a doctor at Julia Molefhe clinic in Gaborone said this could be a public health problem and needed attention.
“Investigations should be conducted to find the root cause of the problem. It is a public health problem because if there are several cases it could mean there is a chain of transmission from pupil to pupil,” he pointed out.
Dr Patson Mazonde of Boitekanelo Paedriatic clinic in Gaborone says a patient showing such signs is likely to have suffered a disseminated intravascular coagulation (DIC), a condition caused by a bad infection.
He further said that usually the infection occurred when a patient took traditional medicine. He further said prolonged vomiting could cause kidney failure that can lead to death.
Dr Mazonde is of the opinion that the school could be under a hysteria attack. He said hysterical people were prone to vomiting and fainting.
“Hysteria is contagious and unless the vomit is tested for viruses and infections,” Mazonde explained.
The Kalamare village chief and School head would not discuss the matter. In fact the chief was enraged by The Voice’s attempt to know what the village was doing to address the situation.
“I will never talk to The Voice because you came into my village and wrote about my village. It does not matter who wrote the story, I will never talk to reporters from The Voice,” he said.
Sourcing information from the clinic or the Education office was equally unsuccessful because both responsible officers were not available for comment.