The government will take care of all funeral expenses for five students from Friends School Mbihi who died in an accident on the Nakuru – Nairobi road on Tuesday afternoon.
This was said by Education PS Ezekiel Machogu on Wensday in a statement to newsrooms saying his ministry would also endeavor to cater for medical expenses of the 7 students who were injured in the crash.
“The Ministry condoles with the families of the deceased and affirms its support to the families whose children survived,” CS Machogu said in the statement.
“The Ministry will ensure that the best free medical treatment is offered to the hospitalised students under the Edu Afya health insurance scheme for secondary school learners. The insurance cover will also cater for funeral expenses for all the deceased students.”
He stated that the students were picked up by the matatu from their school in Vihiga County, and were headed home in Nairobi for the April holidays.
Upon reaching Naivasha, the driver lost control of the matatu after colliding with an oncoming lorry, with Machogu saying that a probe into the accident is still underway
According to the CS 7 injured students were taken to the Naivasha sub-county hospital where three of them were in need of critical medical care and were rushed to the Intensive Care Unit of the Kenyatta National Hospital (KNH).
“In Naivasha, one learner was picked up by her parents from the Naivasha Sub-County hospital while three others were retained for further doctors’ overnight observation,” said Machogu.
“Two of the students have since been given a clean bill of health and were due for discharge today, leaving only one of them still under observation.” He said.
The statement continued to say that post-mortem on all the bodies have been completed and parents are making arrangements to move the bodies to preferred morgues.