Over 100 pupils at Thornhill and Guinea Fowl high schools in Gweru have been affected by diarrhoea.
Some of the children have since been hospitalised. Reports from the two schools indicate that some pupils failed to sit for their “O” level Geography paper 1 and Accounts Paper 1 examinations because of the diarrhoea. Speaking to The Herald, Midlands provincial education director Mrs Agnes Gudo confirmed the outbreak and said that they are investigating the matter. Said Gudo:
Yes, we got information to the effect that there were school children at Thornhill and Guinea Fowl high schools in Gweru who have been affected by diarrhoea. Inspectors are on the ground looking into the matter and we hope we will have information as to what is happening and what is causing it. If it were only boarders, we could be saying the problem is at the schools, but day scholars have also been affected. I don’t have the exact number of the affected children right now.
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Formerly Gwelo, Gweru is the capital of the Midlands Province and Zimbabwe's third largest city. It is the main import and export centre as well the most accessible industrial center that oversees markets through South Africa to the South and Mozambique to the east. Read More About Gweru