The term one inter-school competitions had just started gaining the momentum before the government issued an order to halt all inter-school activities and even halt learning in all learning institutions around the country due to the corona-virus pandemic. However, games that had been scheduled prior to the announcement still went on last weekend.
The Term One Secondary school games in Busia county were dealt a blow on Friday after a form three student from Sigalame High School succumbed to injuries sustained during a match. The 17 year old player, Eliakim Oundo was injured during a playoff match against Nambale Boys. The injuries came from a tackle he got from one of the players from the opponent team.
During an interview, the team’s coach, Lawrence Alando was keen to state that all the necessary efforts were put in place to try and save the boy. “After we realised that the injury was serious, we got into the ambulance and rushed him to Busia County Referral Hospital. Here, the scans revealed that there was internal bleeding in the head and because they didn’t have the capacity to handle such, we were referred to Bungoma Life Care Hospital,” the coach narrates.
On reaching Bungoma, the student was immediately admitted at the Intensive Care Unit where more scans and further evalutation was conducted.
“The scans revealed that Oundo had more bleeding in the brain and because of that the hospital could not deal with the situation, we were asked to take him to Eldoret’s Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital (MTRH). But because of some logistical challenges, I had to go back to Busia to prepare on how he could be transferred to MTRH. Unfortunately, he succumbed at midnight,” dejected Alando concludes.
The case has deal a huge blow to both the ministry of education and the ministry of health as questions concerning the safety of students in sports and the health capacity of the country raises doubts.