Nearly 400 learners at Max Makushe get food poisoning

Nearly 400 learners at Max Makushe get food poisoning
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Two cold storage rooms at the Max Makushe Secondary School hostel in the Kavango East Region have not been working for weeks now, leading to 380 learners getting food poisoning.
The principal of the school, Mukata Mukata told NAMPA on Monday the school was a scene of chaos a week ago when the learners had diarrhoea from the bread they ate for breakfast.
“The situation with the learners is under control now. We had to call staff members at the Andara Clinic to come and help us. They acted swiftly,” Mukata explained.
Some learners had to relieve themselves in the bushes to avoid a catastrophic situation in the hostel’s bathrooms, he said.
Mukata said they reported the issue of the cold rooms to the Ministry of Works and Transport, but were informed that the ministry does not have funds to fix the cool rooms.
“The heat is too much, so bread and other food items supplied by Zantium Trading Services do not last and get spoiled in a day,” he stressed.
Zantium area manager Warren Forbes informed this agency the same day that they were not aware of what happened as the school did not mention anything to them.
However, Forbes said he is aware that the school’s cooling rooms are not functioning properly for weeks now, adding the matter is also affecting his business as he cannot supply food to the school because of this.
Forbes said he too is aware that the Ministry of Works and Transport said they cannot fix the problem due to lack of funds, and asked the school to use their own funds to buy the missing equipment in order for ministry technicians to go and fix the cooler rooms.
He further explained that the school also informed him that they do not have funds to fix the cool rooms.
Forbes said after speaking to Zantium’s managing director, the company is looking at how they can assist the school in order for the cooling rooms to work again.
“We already got quotations for compressors that need replacing, which is going to cost N$14 000. At the moment we cannot even supply the school with fish as it needs to be stored below 13 degrees,” he noted.