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COVID – 19 Rumours Dispelled As Principal of Oyugi Ogango Dies

Principal Oyugi Ogango Girls’ Secondary School, Martha Ouma, died on Tuesday morning while undergoing treatment at Kisumu hospital.

However, officials stepped in and quashed rumors that she might have died of COVID-19.

Candidate students of the school located in the Rongo sub-county and people from the nearby village mourned the death of Madam Martha Ouma.

Education Officer of Migori county Elizabeth Otieno said the teacher died while at Nightingale Hospital in Kisumu.

Otieno said that while it was saddening that the Principal died, she dispelled rumors doing rounds on social media platforms that her death was related to COVID-19. She said the rumors were false and alarming.

“She was sick for a long time and the death has shocked us, we are waiting for more information and results from the Ministry of Health on what could have been the cause of her passing away. We discourage alarm over the death with reports that are not yet confirmed,” she said.

Migori county Health executive Iscar Oluoch said the cause of death has not yet been established.

Migori County KUPPET secretary-general Orwa Jasolo said that rumors about COVID-19 might have been started by panicking teachers.

“We are concerned as stakeholders of education over the Coronavirus but rumors on the deaths are not yet confirmed,” said Jasolo.

He added that the death “is the third one in a week and as teachers, they will be keen to know about the results of the postmortem”

The Deputy Principal Diana Achieng at Rabwao committed suicide on the evening of Monday.

Local people who know her said that she might have suffered from depression. On Friday, Siling Mixed Secondary School principal Tobias Onyango Ondu also died.

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Rongo MP Paul Abuor credited Ouma for substantially improving the performance of the school in the National Examinations. Madam Martha Ouma had been in charge of the school for more than 10 years.

“All the time she was concerned about the welfare of her students. She even went to the point of calling parents when students left school. She was a committed Christian and helped in the development,” said Abuor.

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