A pupil from Nyambadwe Primary School in Malawi’s commercial city, Blantyre, who was among hundreds of demonstrating pupils, has spent a week nursing injuries at Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital [QECH] after being hit by a moving vehicle.
The girl, her mother claimed, was reportedly hit along the Independence Drive which leads to the presidential residence, Sanjika Palace, the route the pupils took before they were forced back as they protested against failure to learn due to the civil servants strike.
Hospital documents show that Falida Kasanga, 10, a Standard 4 pupil at Nyambadwe was hit by a car on Thursday last week.
Provisional clinical diagnosis shows that Falida lost consciousness on the spot and had blood in her stools and bloody vomit.
She was for several days admitted to the QECH’s High Dependency Unit (HDU), a step down the Intensive Care Unit.
A further provisional clinical diagnosis on Friday showed that the girl has swelling and pain to palpitation plus pain with passive movement of the right ankle.
Her mother, Joyce Kasanga, a teacher at the same school, said a pupil knocked on her door at about 12 noon on Thursday last week that Falida was hit by a moving vehicle on the Independence Drive.
But Kasanga said she has no idea what type of vehicle hit her child and who owned it.