Monthly Archives: February 2018
Madame Kelly, Kileva Health club/first aid patron
Margaret Kiriro, Kileva Operations Director
There have recently been 4 or 5 confirmed cases of the Chikungunya virus in the Voi area. Symptoms include fever, nausea, painful & weakened joints, headaches and dizziness, and there is currently no known treatment. The name Chikungunya comes from the Makonde language (one of the native languages in Tanzania) and means ‘that which bends up’, owing to the crippling pain in the joints caused by the virus.
In an effort to contain the spread of the disease, the Public Health Officer in charge of the Sagala Zone visited Kileva Primary at the end of last week to pass on information about the virus.
The Officer is shown (in the red T-shirt) talking to both teachers and pupils from class 4 to class 8. She said that the virus is mostly spread by certain mosquitoes at daytime. She also touched on the signs and symptoms, and because the virus has no known treatment, the Officer emphasized mostly on prevention.
Blood tests are done at Ikanga St Joseph’s Shelter of Hope and Moi Referral Hospital in Voi, which are the only acredited facilities to be able to perform the tests.
The impact of drought
Drought continues to be a problem in Mwakoma and the surroundinfg area. The affect of this on the trees and vegetation at the Kileva Primary School can be seen in the following ‘photos:
As you can see below this is also affecting the farm at the school which means that food production there is currenty on hold.
The impact of termites
Unfortunately termites are also a continual problem in the area. They have a voracious appetite and once again they have eaten their way through some of the wooden structures at the school, leaving a trail of destruction in their wake. The ‘photos below show examples of how this has caused doors to fall away from the frames which were once supporting them.
An appeal for help
If you would like to make a donation to help with the necessary restoration work please click on the image below to go to my appeal page.
Any help you can give would be greatly appreciated by everyone at the school.
Thanks and best wishes