, NAIROBI, Kenya, Jul 12 – The government has pledged to foot the bills incurred during the treatment of the students and teachers injured in Wednesday night’s road accident in Kisii.
Fourteen of the victims were on Thursday night airlifted to the Kenyatta National Hospital for specialised treatment as 40 others were still admitted to various hospitals in Kisii.
Government Spokesman Muthui Kariuki revealed that the County government of Kisii will waive the bill of those treated there.
Twelve people died in the crash when a bus carrying over 60 students and teachers from various schools in Marani division lost control and rolled several times.
President Uhuru Kenyatta on Thursday dispatched Interior Cabinet Secretary Joseph ole Lenku and Inspector General of Police David Kimaiyo to Kisii to coordinate the exercise of ensuring the victims get proper treatment.
“The various government departments have moved with speed to act after the presidential directive. The government will ensure the best of healthcare is provided,” he said.
“We, unfortunately, lost four teachers and eight students; the government is still to establish what happened,” he explained.
Kenyatta National Hospital Chief Executive Officer Simon Monda said they had organised a special room in the emergency department for the victims.
“We have received 14 victims of which four have serious injuries but not in critical condition, some have fractures, but they are conscious. Our specialists are assessing them to see who will need special operation,” Monda said.
He also revealed that they were in constant communication on the fate of the rest left in Kisii. “The (medical) superintendent says the cases left there will be handled.”
President Uhuru Kenyatta and his Deputy William Ruto have sent condolence messages to families, relatives and friends affected by the tragedy.
In his condolence message, the president regretted the loss of innocent lives of students and their teachers who were on the way to enhance their sporting talents in extracurricular activities.
Kenyatta expressed concern over continued carnage in the country and called for maximum caution on the roads to avoid accidents and further loss of lives.
He further urged teachers and school boards to ensure school vehicles were at all times in good condition to avoid such tragedies.
In his condolence message, Deputy President William Ruto said it was saddening to lose innocent lives at such tender ages.