Five more children died at the Kakamega County Referral Hospital on Thursday night following a malaria outbreak in the region.
This brings to a total of 12, the number of children who have died at the hospital in the past week since the outbreak. Already, nearly 100 people have been admitted to the hospital.
The children were receiving treatment following an outbreak of malaria, which had earlier killed seven children.
Medical Superintendent Austin Acheri said regional blood collection centres in neighbouring counties such as Kisumu and Eldoret did not have enough stocks.
She said the hospital had a shortage of blood groups compatible with samples obtained from the patients. As a result, there was a delay in carrying out blood transfusions to save the lives of the children.
Five people were killed and at least 10 injured after pastoralists from two communities clashed over water in Attan, Isiolo County, on Tuesday.
The pastoralists from Turkana and Samburu communities engaged in a nine-hour gun battle at a watering point in Attan.
Isiolo Deputy Commissioner Julius Maiyo confirmed that the four died at the scene while the wounded were taken to Isiolo Level Four Hospital. A fifth body was found at the scene Wednesday morning.
Mr Maiyo said security officers have been deployed to the area to avoid further clashes.
At least 100 children under five have also been admitted to the hospital.
“We have talked all to nurses who were away to resume duty due to the high number of children being admitted each day,” he said Tuesday.
“I call on patients to utilise the drugs we have given them and those who feel symptoms persisting should not hesitate to pay us a visit,” he added.
By BENSON AMADALA
In Garissa, Mandera and Wajir more than 1,000 non-indigenous teachers have refused to return to work since January for fear of terrorist attacks.
More than 200 students of Garissa Teachers Training College have sought transfers following the killing of 148 students and workers at Garissa University College in April.
Knut boycotted Tuesday’s meeting, saying it was a waste of time as it had no specific agenda.