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Court blames school for death of student

06 July 2012, 13:19

According to Senior Magistrate Loise Komingoi, Gilgil Hills Academy was indirectly held responsible for the death of a pupil within the school institution four years ago. According to an inquest conducted by the Magistrate, the Nakuru based school was held liable for the death of Linda Chepkorir Koech who passed away on 28th July 2008.

It was said that Linda succumbed to death after falling ill. This was according to a postmortem examination report evidenced in Court by Dr. Jane Wasike, on behalf of Dr. Peter Njenga. The cause of the death was said to be peronitis; a paranormal condition according to the medics. While conducting the inquest, the Magistrate found that the Ms. Gladys Kehera Boge, who was operating as the nurse then, failed to exercise professional diligence in conducting her duty as the school’s nurse while managing the pupil’s condition.

“The pupil’s parents ought to have been informed earlier enough about their daughter’s health condition as soon as it all commenced in order for them to decide whether or not to take her for more medical examination,” said the magistrate. This elapsed during the proceedings after Ms. Boge admitted failing to inform the parents together with the school authorities about the child’s health condition.

Linda was confirmed dead by the nurse on July 28th 2008 early in the morning. Magistrate Komingoi was also quick to fault the police investigations which never recorded any statement from the dormitory matron. It was concluded that the nurse was dully negligent in the manner in which she handled the Late Linda and that her competence in the profession was highly questionable. She also insisted that the situation was partly to blame due to the poor medical record keeping system maintained by the institution.

 The inquest was concluded and the file forwarded to the Gilgil Police boss and the State Counsel in Nakuru County for further action concerning the matter.

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