Two schools closed in Masindi over meningitis scare

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Two schools have been closed in Masindi district over the suspected outbreak of meningitis. Nine people are confirmed to have died, though other sources put the number of deaths to slightly over 20. The district vice chairman Wilfred Byakagaba says Kitanyata and Nyakarongo Primary schools in Pakanyi subcounty have been closed on the advice of the ministry of health and World Health Organization. Two pupils from Kitanyata died of suspected Meningitis early this month. Some pupils of Nyakarongo Primary school were admitted and charged from hospital with suspected meningitis. The district health officials are however still split on whether all the deaths recorded in recent times are related to Meningitis. Patrick Baguma, the district health inspector says another man, the ninth meningitis victim died yesterday. However, Dr. John Turyagaruka, the district medical officer, says the man died after drinking excessive Waragi. Masindi district has been waiting anxiously for the last two weeks for test results from Entebbe. For fear of spreading infection, the Masindi district farmers' day that was slated for December 5th has been suspended indefinitely. Lucy Adong, the district secretary for production says they can't take chances like it was in Arua district last year. The celebration had been organized at Kihonde that is located in Pakinyi. //Cue in: iBut if that is the thing#.. Cue out#..stop this functioni// Sources in the district have also indicated that district officials and an advance team from the presidential guard brigade have been in a long meeting today discussing whether it is safe for the president to visit Masindi this weekend. The outcomes of the meeting are yet to be known. President Yoweri Museveni is scheduled to officiate at the pass out of police cadets at Kabalye Police training school on Saturday.


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