The reported cases of meningitis at St Theresa Girls’ Secondary School in Kasama District of Northern Province has hit 21 with a Catholic nun also contracting the disease.
And one of the pupils, who were admitted to the Intensive Care Unit at Kasama General Hospital after contracting meningitis, has been evacuated to the University Teaching Hospital (UTH) in Lusaka for further treatment.
Northern Province Medical Officer, Francis Bwalya, confirmed the development to the media in Kasama.
Dr Bwalya said the 21 meningitis patients will remain quarantined until their health condition is stable enough to warrant their discharge from hospital.
He, however, said the rest of the pupils at the learning institution have been allowed to go home following the nationwide closure of schools today.
Dr Bwalya advised members of the public not to panic about the meningitis outbreak at St Theresa Girls’ Secondary School as the situation is under control.
He further said health personnel will continue monitoring the disease outbreak in order to prevent it from spreading to other areas.
Recently, meningitis broke out at St Theresa Girls’ Secondary School and one pupil has since died of the disease.