Nearly 400 learners at Max Makushe get food poisoning

Two cool rooms at Max Makushe Secondary School in the Kavango East Region have not been working now for weeks which led to 380 learners getting diarrhea from food poisoning.

The Principal of the school Mukata Mukata told Nampa on Monday the school was chaotic a week ago when 380 learners had diarrhea from the bread they ate for breakfast.

The situation with the learners is under control now. We had to call staff members at the Andara Clinic to come and help us. They acted swiftly, Mukata explained.

The situation he said was bad as learners had to go relieve themselves in nearby bushes to avoid a catastrophic situation in the hostel's bathrooms.

Mukata said they reported the issue of the cool rooms to the Ministry of Works and Transport but were informed that the ministry does not have funds to fix the cool rooms.

The heat is too much thus bread and other food items supplied by Zantium Trading Services does not last but get spoiled in a day, he stressed.

Area manager of Zantium Warren Forbes informed this agency the same day that they were not aware of the learners that got diarrhea and that the school did not mention anything to them.

Forbes, however, said he is aware that the school's cooling rooms are not functioning properly for weeks now and the matter is also affecting his business as he cannot supply food to the school if the cooling rooms are not working.

The area manager said he too is aware that the Ministry of Works and Transport said they cannot fix the problem due to lack of funds and they asked the school to use their funds to buy the missing items in order for them to go and fix it.

Forbes further explained that the school also informed him that they do not have funds to fix the cooling rooms.

He said after speaking to Zantium's managing director the company is looking at how they can assist the school in order for the cooling rooms to work again.

There company he added already got quotations for compressors that need replacing which is going to cost them N.dollar 14 000.

At the moment we cannot even supply the school with fish as it needs to be stored below 13 degrees, he said.

SOURCE: NAMIBIA PRESS AGENCY